National Markings
Armed Forces of Malta

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Armed Forces of Malta Air Wing since its formation:



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1973-1980 & 1988-1992
The first marking carried by the Helicopter Flight was the insignia of the First Regiment of the Armed Forces of Malta. This was a roundel of red over blue with a white ‘1’ in the centre. The main marking was displayed on the fuselage sides of the helicopters. No tail marking was carried. In 1980 the unit became part of the Malta Task Force and adopted the marking given below. On 1 May 1988 the unit reverted to the command of the First Regiment and the original marking, although some helicopters now also carried the Maltese national flag as a tail marking.



  

Main MarkingFin Flash

1980-1988
On 1st April 1980 the Helicopter Flight became part of the Malta Task Force and adopted a new roundel of a white over red disc with the letters ‘TF’ in black. No tail markings were carried. The main marking was displayed on the fuselage sides of the helicopters.



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1992-present
In February 1992 a new roundel was introduced, featuring the national colours of red and white with a (red outlined) black representation of the George Cross in the centre. The national flag remained as the fin flash. The main marking is normally displayed on the fuselage sides of the helicopters, and in the standard six positions on aircraft. The first aircraft to carry this marking were the newly delivered Cessna O-1Es. The version on the Bulldog appears to have a slightly smaller George Cross in proportion to the overall size of the roundel. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

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