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



Main MarkingFin Flash

1937-1941
Aircraft of the newly formed Southern Rhodesia Air Unit were supplied from Britain and carried standard British national markings of the period. The main marking was applied in the standard six positions, (above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides). A fin flash was also carried.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1947-1953
The Southern Rhodesia Air Force markings were based on standard British national markings. Green/yellow/green bars were added each side of the fuselage roundel. Some aircraft also had the bars added to the wing roundels, with the bars aligned spanwise.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1953-1963
The national insignia of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nysasaland, created in September 1953, was basically a British roundel with three vertical assegai spears superimposed upon it. The three spears represented the three components of the federation - Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. This new marking was displayed above and below each wing, and on the fuselage. The fin flash remained unchanged.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1963-1970
With the break-up of the Federation in December 1963, the national insignia was revised to feature a roundel with a thinner white ring and a single large assegai spear instead of the previous three small spears. The main marking was displayed on the aircraft above and below each wing, and on the fuselage. A fin flash with a thinner white stripe was also adopted.



Main MarkingFin Marking

1970-1979
On 1 March 1970 Rhodesia became a Republic, and a new national insignia, featuring the Rhodesian Lion was introduced. This marking was displayed in the usual six positions, together with a green/white/green fin flash.




1979-1982
In the last year of the Rhodesian War and the first few years of independence, no national insignia of any sort were carried on Air Force aircraft. This was legal as long as the aircraft did not fly outside of the country's borders.


 
Main MarkingFin Marking

1982-1994
In 1982, a new post-independence marking was introduced, featuring a yellow Zimbabwe bird sitting on the walls of Great Zimbabwe. This marking was displayed on the fin of the aircraft or on the fuselage of helicopters. No wing markings were displayed. No service titles are carried.



Main MarkingFin Marking

1994-current
In 1994, a new roundel was introduced, featuring the national colours in concentric rings. Initially, the roundel was used in association with the 'bird' tail marking used previously, but this was soon replaced by the national flag. The main marking is normally displayed above and below each wing and on each side of the fuselage. No service titles are carried.

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