Since the beginning of the German Luftwaffe, Hermann Göring was its designated head. In 1933 he was called Reichsminister der Luftfahrt (Reich Minister for Aviation), when on February 26, 1935, he was instituted as Commander-in-Chief of the German Luftwaffe. He held this title until April 1945, when he was banned by Adolf Hitler and replaced by Robert Ritter von Greim.
The flag was introduced on May 5, 1933. Placed in the center of the flag was the variant of the German eagle, that was used until 1935 as National Emblem. Probably this flag was used until April 1935 when the following alternative pattern exclusively came into use.
This was an alternative variant of the Command flag that was probably used during the same time as the previous one. Since April 1935 this flag was called Command flag for the Reich Minister for Aviation and Supreme Commander of the Luftwaffe.
This is the presumptive appearance of the right side of the flag. Because of the fact that there is no image available of the reverse side, this is a reconstruction. It is assumed that the right side was made in a similar style like the first pattern.
Introduced in the end of the year 1935 the new model of the flag displayed the symbol of the German Luftwaffe, a flying golden eagle, in the four corners of the flag. The golden border of the flag contained 76 small swastikas.
This flag was introduced on April 28, 1938. The right side was identical to the previous version, except for an added pair of Luftwaffe Field Marshal's batons. The change of the flag took place at the same time as the promotion of Göring to a Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal).
Shortly after Göring was promoted to a Reichsmarschall on July 19, 1940, he had himself manufactured a personal standard. In practice this standard most likely was also used as Command flag for the Supreme Commander of the German Luftwaffe and de facto replaced the previous command flag. This fact is observable in some contemporary pictures.
Erhard Milch held this position from 1933 to 1945. In 1938 he additionally was instituted as Generalinspekteur der Luftwaffe.
The Command flag for the Chief of the Air Force General Staff
Introduced on September 1, 1937, abolished on July 13, 1940. The last Chief of Staff was Hans Jeschonnek. He committed suicide on August 19, 1943.
Service flag for the Generalluftzeugmeister
Introduced on July 13, 1940, abolished on June 20, 1944. Erhard Milch held this position during the whole period.
Flag for an Air Fleet Commander and Commander "East"
Flag for an Air Fleet Commander
Flag for a Commanding General of the Luftwaffe
Flag for the Commander of a Luftgau or a Fliegerdivision, Leader of Naval Air Force units
Flag for Field Marshals of the Air Force (right side)
Introduced on February 17, 1941. This flag and the following ones were so called Hoheitszeichen (National Emblembs). In case there was a command flag in use, these National Emblems had to be applied as well.
Flag for Field Marshals of the Air Force (left side)
Vehicle flag for Commanding Generals of the Luftwaffe
National Emblems exclusively were used as vehicle flags.
Vehicle pennant for Generals of the Luftwaffe
Vehicle pennant for the remaining members of the Luftwaffe