Air Force Blue (RAF)

HEX #5D8AA8 / RGB (93, 138, 168)

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What is Air Force Blue (RAF) Color?

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Air Force Blue (RAF) has the hex code #5D8AA8. The equivalent RGB values are (93, 138, 168), which means it is composed of 23% red, 35% green and 42% blue. The CMYK color codes, used in printers, are C:45 M:18 Y:0 K:34. In the HSV/HSB scale, Air Force Blue (RAF) has a hue of 204°, 45% saturation and a brightness value of 66%.
Details of other color codes including equivalent web safe and HTML & CSS colors are given in the table below. Also listed are the closest Pantone® (PMS) and RAL colors.

Air Force Blue (RAF) or RAF Blue is a medium azure color. The name comes from the blue uniforms of the British Royal Air Force issued in 1920 as a result of surplus herringbone twill fabric which was available at that time. The color was apt for the Royal Air Force and influenced the uniform colors of other air forces around the world.

The field color of the Royal Air Force Ensign is a similar blue - Pantone® 549 C.

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Air Force Blue (RAF) Color Codes

Hex Code#5D8AA8
RGB Values(93, 138, 168)
CMYK Values(45%, 18%, 0%, 34%)
HSV/HSB Values(204°, 45%, 66%)
Closest Web Safe#669999
Inverse Color#A27557 [Chamoisee]
Closest Pantone®646 C
Closest RAL5024 [Pastel blue]
Complementary Color#A87B5D [Café Au Lait]
Air Force Blue (RAF) Converted to Grayscale Codes
Simple Average#858585
Weighted Average (Most Common)#808080
Weighted Average (Luma)#838383
Weighted Average (Gamma Adjusted)#B7B7B7

Air Force Blue (RAF) Color Palettes

Complementary color palette of 5D8AA8. Complementary color is A87B5D

Complementary Palette

The complement of Air Force Blue (RAF) is Café Au Lait with the hex code #A87B5D. Complementary colors are those found at the opposite ends of the color wheel. Thus, as per the RGB system, the best contrast to #5D8AA8 color is offered by #A87B5D. The complementary color palette is easiest to use and work with. Studies have shown that contrasting color palette is the best way to grab a viewer's attention.

Analogous color palette with (5D8AA8, 5D65A8 and 5DA8A1)

Analogous Palette

The analogous colors of Air Force Blue (RAF) (#5D8AA8) are Liberty (#5D65A8) and Cadet Blue (#5DA8A1). In the RGB color wheel, these two analogous colors occur to the right and left of Air Force Blue (RAF) with a 30° separation on either side. An analogous color palette is extremely soothing to the eyes and works wonders if your main color is soft or pastel.

Split Complementary color palette with (5D8AA8, A85D65 and A8A15D)

Split-Complementary Palette

As per the RGB color wheel, the split-complementary colors of Air Force Blue (RAF) (#5D8AA8) are #A85D65 (Deep Puce) and #A8A15D (Olive Green). A split-complementary color palette consists of the main color along with those on either side (30°) of the complementary color. Based on our research, usage of split-complementary palettes is on the rise online, especially in graphics and web sites designs. It may be because it is not as contrasting as the complementary color palette and, hence, results in a combination which is pleasant to the eyes.

Triadic color palette with (5D8AA8, A85D8A and 8AA85D)

Triadic Palette

Air Force Blue (RAF) triadic color palette has three colors each of which is separated by 120° in the RGB wheel. Thus, #A85D8A (Antique Fuchsia) and #8AA85D (Moss Green) along with #5D8AA8 create a stunning and beautiful triadic palette with the maximum variation in hue and, therefore, offering the best possible contrast when taken together.

Tetradic color palette with (5D8AA8, A85D8A, A87B5D and 5DA87B)

Tetradic Palette

The tetradic palette of Air Force Blue (RAF) has four colors - #A85D8A (Antique Fuchsia), #A87B5D (Café Au Lait) and #5DA87B (Shiny Shamrock) in addition to the base color (#5D8AA8). A tetradic color palette is complex and, in most cases, should not be used off-the-shelf. We suggest tweaking the colors slightly to achieve desired results.

Square color palette with (5D8AA8, A15DA8, A87B5D and 65A85D)

Square Palette

Air Force Blue (RAF) square color palette has #A15DA8 (Purpureus), #A87B5D (Café Au Lait) and #65A85D (Russian Green). Quite like triadic, the hues in a square palette are at the maximum distance from each other, which is 90°.
Note: For several colors purposes, a square palette may look much better than the tetrad color palette.

Rainbow color

Air Force Blue (RAF) Color Rainbow Palette

Our Air Force Blue (RAF) rainbow color palette is based on the RGB model and consists of 7 colors, just like the traditional rainbow. You might not see a lot of variation in color, especially if the chosen color is dark or extremely light. However, this can lead interesting rainbow palettes that are faded, soft, pastel or dull.

Tints, Tones & Shades of Air Force Blue (RAF) Color


  • Transparent 7DA1B9#7DA1B9
  • Transparent 8EADC2#8EADC2
  • Transparent 9EB9CB#9EB9CB
  • Transparent AEC5D4#AEC5D4
  • Transparent BED0DC#BED0DC
  • Transparent CEDCE5#CEDCE5
  • Transparent DFE8EE#DFE8EE
  • Transparent EFF3F6#EFF3F6


  • Transparent 6488A0#6488A0
  • Transparent 68879C#68879C
  • Transparent 6B8698#6B8698
  • Transparent 6F8594#6F8594
  • Transparent 728490#728490
  • Transparent 76838C#76838C
  • Transparent 798288#798288
  • Transparent 7D8184#7D8184


  • Transparent 4A6E86#4A6E86
  • Transparent 416176#416176
  • Transparent 385365#385365
  • Transparent 2F4554#2F4554
  • Transparent 253743#253743
  • Transparent 1C2932#1C2932
  • Transparent 131C22#131C22
  • Transparent 090E11#090E11

Air Force Blue (RAF) Color Patterns

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    Air Force Blue (RAF) Gingham Checks

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    Air Force Blue (RAF) Vertical Stripes Pattern

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    Air Force Blue (RAF) Polka Dots Pattern

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    Air Force Blue (RAF) Honeycomb Pattern

  • Transparent

    Air Force Blue (RAF) Leaves Pattern

  • Transparent

    Air Force Blue (RAF) Houndstooth Pattern

  • Transparent

    Air Force Blue (RAF) Trellis Pattern

  • Transparent

    Air Force Blue (RAF) Plaid Pattern

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