National Markings
Indian Coast Guard

National Markings

This section describes and illustrates the insignia used by the Indian Coast Guard Air Wing since its formation:


  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1978-present
The standard ICGAW colour scheme is white overall, with a blue-white-white diagonal stripe across the fuselage. Displayed upon the widest blue diagonal stripe is the a modified version of the ICG crossed-anchors and shield insignia. The national flag is displayed on the fin. Helicopters additionally carry the Indian national insignia roundel under the fuselage belly. The service title ‘COAST GUARD’ is displayed in English on the port side of the forward fuselage, and in Sanskrit on the starboard side.

National Markings
Lebanese Air Force

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



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1949-present
The main marking 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 displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

National Markings
Kuwait Air Force

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


Main MarkingFin Flash

1953-1961
The markings carried by Security Department of Kuwait aircraft are not known.



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1961-1991
The main marking 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 displayed on the tailfin. Transport aircraft carried the service titles KUWAIT AIR FORCE in English and Arabic. During the period of Kuwaiti occupation 1990-1991, exiled KAF aircraft replaced the roundel with the words ‘FREE KUWAIT’.



Main MarkingFin Flash

1991-present
Since the 1991 Gulf War, KAF aircraft normally fly without roundels and only dispay the fin flash. Transport aircraft carry the service titles KUWAIT AIR FORCE in English and Arabic.



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1991-present
Some sources indicate that a version of the roundel with the words Kuwait in Arabic script on the green outer ring has been occasionally used. There is little photographic evidence of this.

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.

National Markings
Qatar Emiri Air Force

of the Qatar Emiri Air Force

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


Main MarkingFin Flash

1968-1974
The national markings carried by the Air Wing of the Public Security Forces are not known.



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1974-present
With the establishment of the QEAF a national marking of maroon, gold and white was adopted. This is displayed in the standard 6 positions (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash, crossed Qatar flags on black, is displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

National Markings
Royal Jordanian Air Force

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



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1949-present
The main marking 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 displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

National Markings
Bahrain Air Force

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



Main MarkingFin Flash

1977-1985
The Bahrain Amiri Defence Force was formed in 1977. Fixed-wing aircraft carried the national flag as a fin flash. No national markings were carried on the wings. Helicopters carried the national flag on the fuselage sides.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1985-present
In 1985 a new roundel was introduced, featuring the national colours of brick red and white. The national flag fin flash was unchanged. The main marking is normally displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters, and USAF-style positions on fixed-wing aircraft (i.e. fuselage sides and upper port wing and lower starboard wing). The abbreviation BAAF is carried on the upper starboard and lower port wing of fixed-wing aircraft. The service titles ROYAL BAHRAINI AIR FORCE in Arabic and English are carried on the fuselage sides of all aircraft and helicopters (replacing the previous BAHRAIN AMIRI AIR FORCE titles).

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.