The Iran Air tail design is quite intriguing when you think about it. Just what is it and why does it adorn the fin of all the aircraft of their national carrier?

From all reports, Iran is an amazing country to see. Visitors report it is full of historical sites and has some of the most hospitable people on the planet. That’s despite what the propaganda may lead you to believe.

Iran Air Tail Design

Within Iran, the Persians refer to the airline as “Homa” rather than Iran Air. Why do they refer to it as that? Well, that is what is on an Iran Air tail. The Homa is a mythical bird of Iranian legends and fables.

Legend has it that the bird never comes to rest, living its entire life flying high above the earth, never alighting on the ground. According to some legends, the bird does not have legs, which is perhaps why it has none in the Iran Air livery.

Apparently it is also a play on words, as in Persian the acronym for Homa stands for “National Airline of Iran” (Havapeymayi Melli Iran). Quite clever really!

Catching a Homa is considered beyond your wildest imagination, but catching a glimpse of one or even its shadow is said to make one happy for the rest of their life.

Overall Thoughts

Clearly quite a lot of thought has gone into the Iran Air tail design. It makes sense, as airlines are often used by countries to fly the flag and be visible in the countries they fly to. I thought it was all very interesting and a great little thing to know.

What do you think of the Iran Air Homa? Have you been to Iran or flown on the airline? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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