National Markings
French Army Aviation

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the French Army since its formation:




Main MarkingFin Flash

1953-present
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (ie above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash is nowadays rarely carried by frontline types, but on second-line types is usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. Army aircraft also usually carry the title armee de TERRE on the fuselage sides.

National Markings
Irish Air Corps

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Irish Air Force since its formation:



Main MarkingFin Flash

1922-1923
The first Irish national marking was a roundel and rudder stripes in the style of the RAF, but using the colours from the Irish flag. The roundel was carried above and below each wing, but not on the fuselage sides.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1923-1939
In 1923 the national markings were changed to simple stripes in the national colours chordwise across the wings. The rudder stripes were retained.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1939-1954
During World War Two, and shortly afterwards, the main marking was changed to a ‘Celtic boss’ insignia of green and orange. This marking was carried on the upper wing surface and fuselage sides. On camouflaged aircraft the fuselage roundel appeared on a white square. The pre-war wing stripes were retained for the wing lower surfaces. The rudder stripes were deleted.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1954-present
In 1954 the roundel was redesigned to include a section of white, restoring the trio of colours shown in the national flag. The main marking is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters, and in the standard six positions on aircraft. The national flag is sometimes carried as a fin flash. Most of the larger aircraft carry the service titles IRISH AIR CORPS – AER CHÓR na h-ÉIREANN on the fuselage sides.

National Markings
French Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the French Air Force since its formation:




Main MarkingFin Flash

1912-1940
A French national insignia was first introduced by a decree dated 26 July 1912. It consisted of a roundel in the colours of the French Revolution – red, white and blue. This marking was displayed above and below each wing. The fin flash was usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. The roundel was not carried on the fuselage sides until 1918. No service titles were carried.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1940-1942
Under the Vichy government, French military aircraft had red and yellow horizontal stripes added to the engine cowling and tail unit. The main markings included a thin yellow outline. The roundel was displayed in 6 positions – i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage. The fin flash was usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. No service titles were carried.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1945-present
After the liberation of France from Nazi control, the Vichy markings were removed. The main markings were unchanged. The roundel is displayed in 6 positions – (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on the fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash is nowadays rarely carried by frontline types, but on second-line types is usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes.

National Markings
French Naval Aviation

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the French Navy since its formation:




Main MarkingFin Flash

1910-1940
The main marking was displayed in 6 positions – i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage. The fin flash was usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. No service titles were carried.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1940-1944
Under the Vichy government, French military aircraft had red and yellow horizontal stripes added to the engine cowling and tail unit. The main markings were unchanged. The roundel was displayed in 6 positions – i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage. The fin flash was usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. No service titles were carried.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1944-present
After the liberation of France from Nazi control, the Vichy markings were removed. The main markings were unchanged. The roundel is displayed in 6 positions – (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on the fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash is nowadays rarely carried by frontline types, but on second-line types is usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. Sometime during the 1960s, the service title MARINE was introduced, being shown on the rear fuselage sides or tailfin.

National Markings
Cyprus Air Command

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Cyprus Air Command since its formation:






Main MarkingFin Flash

1960-1974
Apart from the serial number, no other markings were carried by CNGAW aircraft during the first period of its existence.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1982-1996
When the CNGAW restarted flying, the aircraft and helicopters were marked with the national flag in the fin. No service titles were carried.



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1996-present
Greek national marking roundels were adopted in 1996. The main marking is displayed on the fuselage sides of the helicopters, and in the standard six positions on aircraft. The national flag is carried as a fin flash. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

National Markings
Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force since its formation:




   Fin Flash

2006-present
The national flag is carried as a horizontal fin flash. Aircraft to not carry service titles.

National Markings
Republika Srpska Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Republika Srpska Air Force since its formation:



      
Main MarkingFin Flash

1992-2006
Two variations of the main marking are used simultaneously by the Republika Srpska Air Force. This design appears to be mainly used by helicopters. It is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters, with the national flag on the fin. No service titles are carried.



      
Main MarkingFin Flash

1992-2006
Two variations of the main marking are used simultaneously by the Republika Srpska Air Force. This design appears to be mainly used by fixed-wing aircraft. It is displayed on the fuselage sides, and above and below each wing, with the national flag on the fin. No service titles are carried.

National Markings
Papua New Guinea Defence Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force since its formation:


                                  
                               Main Marking                              Fin Flash

1975-Present
The main marking is displayed in the standard 6 positions, above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides of aircraft and helicopters. A fin flash comprising a golden bird flying almost head-on is displayed on the tailfin – the green background is omitted on camouflaged aircraft. The service titles PAPUA NEW GUINEA DEFENCE FORCE are displayed on the fuselage sides.

National Markings
Royal Brunei Air Force

This page describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Royal Brunei Air Force since its formation:


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Main MarkingFin Flash

1965-1975
When the Air Service of the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment was established in 1965, its aircraft and helicopters were marked with the coat of arms of the regiment, together with the national flag as a fin flash. The roundel was displayed in the standard six positions on aircraft – above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides, but just on the fuselage sides on helicopters. The H.S.748 carried the service titles ASKAR MELAYU DIRAJA BRUNEI on the fuselage sides.


     
Main MarkingFin Flash

1975-1991
In about 1975 a new red/green/white/yellow roundel was introduced to replace the regimental coat of arms. The roundel was displayed in the standard six positions on aircraft – above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides, but just on the fuselage sides on helicopters. A fin flash of red/green/white/yellow vertical stripes was also introduced, but this soon replaced by the national flag. Large aircraft carried the service titles ASKAR MELAYU DIRAJA BRUNEI (or later ANGKATAN BERSENJATA DIRAJA BRUNEI) on the fuselage sides.



     
Main MarkingFin Flash

1991-present
Current Brunei aircraft carry the RBAF Official Insignia, (outlined on a white disc if against a dark colour), on the fuselage sides. The use of the roundel appears to have been discontinued. The fin carries the national flag or a blue/white/yellow fin flash – or quite often both. The service titles TENTERA UDATA DIRAJA BRUNEI are carried on most aircraft and helicopters.

National Markings
Royal Bahamas Defence Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force since its formation:


                                   

                                        
Fin Flash

1982-Present
The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin.