National Markings
Royal Air Force of Oman

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




Main MarkingFin Flash

1959-1965
The first Omani national marking was red on white. The main marking was a plain red disc with a white outline, displayed in 6 positions, (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage). The fin flash was the national ‘crossed swords and dagger’ coat of arms displayed in red on a white shield on the tailfin. Aircraft did not carry service titles.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1965-1983
In the mid 1960s the markings changed to white on red. The main marking now featured the national coat of arms in white, displayed in the same 6 positions as before on aircraft – but on the fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash colours were the reverse of the previouse design, displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft did not carry service titles. From about 1977 onwards frontline combat aircraft, e.g. Jaguar, dropped the use of wing national insignia and just carried the fin flash.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1970-1983
Some sources state that the adoption of a new national flag in 1970 led to the addition of areas of green to the national markings. The main marking gained a green outline, while the fin flash was deleted. Photographic evidence of this marking is hard to obtain, and may have been only experimental or very short-lived.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1983-1990
In 1983 the national insignia changed to a more distinctive design, that reflected the colours of the SOAF official flag. The main marking was now a yellow ‘crossed swords and dagger’ on a blue shield. No wing markings are carried, so the national insignia was only displayed on the fin of aircraft and helicopters. Aircraft did not carry service titles.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1974-present
RAFO transport aircraft, such as the BAC 111 and C-130, carry the national flag on the fin. Once again, no wing markings are displayed. The C-130s show no service titles, while the BAC 111s showed service titles in Arabic script only along the upper fuselage sides, while the new A320s show the service titles ROYAL AIR FORCE OF OMAN in English and Arabic.





Main MarkingFin Flash

1990-present
The current national insignia consists of the ‘crown and oak leaves’ version of the official RAFO coat of arms, in red and yellow on a light blue shield. No wing markings are carried, so the national insignia is only displayed on the fin of aircraft and helicopters. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

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