Jets zooming into new era
IT HAS taken 30 years but a dramatic change to the Ipswich Jets logo has seen the club’s emblem finally reflect the city’s air force history.
The new logo, changed for the first time since the club’s inception in 1982, features a Super Hornet in the picture to reflect the brand new jets housed at RAAF Base Amberley.
The emblem had undergone minor alteration since the club formed in 1980, but this new logo was designed with a new beginning in mind.
The former emblem featured a jet that looked like the traditional F111 recently retired from Amberley.
But the jet pictured was actually a Mirage aircraft that was used from 1960 to 1989 by the Australian Air Force – but they were never based in Ipswich.
The Jets are the most recent Queensland Cup club to change its logo.
Most Queensland Cup clubs have removed the “Q” sign surrounding it during the past few years.
Ipswich Jets chief executive Brad Wolens said changing the logo was a tough decision to make.
“Initially I was against changing it because I’m one for tradition,” Wolens said.
“We held on to our old logo for a long time though.
“I thought there’s no harm in having a look so the guys came up with a new logo and I just thought it looked fantastic and came around to the idea.
“Considering the fact that the original logo did not even feature an F111, it made sense to change it. Everyone thinks it’s an F111 but its a Mirage. The new logo accurately reflects the city’s link to the air force and our name.”
The new logo was created by Jets graphic design team and marketing manager Greg Lyons.
“This decision was not taken lightly as we needed to be mindful and respectful to all the players and management who worked tirelessly with and for the club over many years and, at times, through some difficult years,” Wolens said.
The Jets have a rich history with the career of many superstars, including Allan Langer and the Walters brothers, launched at the club.
The club was formed in 1982 and played in a Queensland-wide State League featuring seven teams.
In 1986, the Jets joined the Queensland Rugby League-run Winfield Cup which was contested among Brisbane teams.
The Australian Government is spending $100 million on Super Hornet-related developments at RAAF Base Amberley, including a new No. 1 Squadron operations building and maintenance facilities.