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. 

National Markings
Jamaican Defence Force

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


                                  
                               Main Marking                              Fin Flash

1963-Present
The main marking is displayed in 2 positions on the fuselage sides of aircraft and helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin. 

National Markings
Republic of Singapore Air Force

This page describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Republic of Singapore Air Force since its formation:


   
Main MarkingFin Flash

1968-1973
Whent the Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC) was established in 1968, a simple red/white/red national insignia was adopted. Created by changing the outer ring of an RAF roundel from blue to red, the resultant marking was very similar to those used by the Peruvian and Turkish Air Forces. The roundel was displayed in the standard six positions – above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides. No fin flash was used. No service titles were carried.


   
Main MarkingFin Flash

1973-1990
In October 1973 the national marking was changed to a red and white yin-and-yang symbol. This eliminated any possbile confusion with other operators and incorporated an ‘S’ for Singapore in its overall shape. The roundel was displayed in the standard six positions – above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides. No fin flash was used. Large aircraft carry the service titles REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE AIR FORCE in English.

In 1986 a low-visibility version of this marking was adopted for some aircraft, which replaced the white area with background colour and changed the red area to black.



   
Main MarkingLow Visibility Version

1990-present
On 7 November 1990 a completely new national insignia was officially introduced. This is a red lion’s head on white with a red outer ring. Aircraft were repainted with this marking from about January 1991. For camouflaged or grey aircraft a black low-visibility version was also introduced.

The roundel was displayed in the standard six positions – above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides. No fin flash is used. Large aircraft carry the service titles REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE AIR FORCE in English.

Special Markings
Swiss Air Rescue – REGA

of Swiss Air Rescue

This section describes and illustrates the special markings used by aircraft of Swiss Air Rescue – REGA, since its formation:


                                                                                   
                       Main Marking                                             Fin Flash

1952-1968
The first aircraft appear to have retained their original colour schemes with the addition of the first version of the Swiss Air-Rescue logo – a winged parachute – near the cockpit.


                                                                         
                  Main Marking                                                       Fin Flash

1968-19??
From about 1968 a new colour scheme was introduced featuring a red and white fuselage, or red overall fuselage with a white cheatline, and the Swiss flag on the fin. A large version of the winged-disc Swiss Air-Rescue logo was displayed on the fuselage sides, with a smaller version close to the cockpit.


                
                  Main Marking                                                      Fin Flash

19??-Present
Around 1979 the winged disc logo was replaced by the modern Rega winged red cross logo.

The overall colour scheme was updated at an unknown date. The red fuselage was retained, but the cheatline was replaced by a stylised white cross with the forward leg missing. The winged red cross REGA logo was displayed fairly small on the aft leg of the fuselage cross. The Swiss flag appears on the fin. The inscription “Rega 1414” appears near the cockpit. On fixed-wing aircraft the red and white fuselage colours are reversed.

 
 

Special Markings
International Committee of the Red Cross

of the International Committee of the Red Cross

This section describes and illustrates the special markings used by aircraft of the International Committee of the Red Cross, since its formation:


                                       
                       Main Marking                                             Fin Flash

1967-1970
Aircraft of the ICRC during the Biafra Airlift were marked with the distinctive Red Cross insignia on a white background. This marking was displayed above and below each wing, on the rear fuselage and on the fin. The fuselage marking was omitted on the C-97G. In addition, the aircraft were painted white overall. The titles INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS where carried on the upper fuselage sides.


                
                  Main Marking                                                       Fin Flash

1970-Present
As specified by the Geneva Conventions, aircraft of the ICRC are marked with the Red Cross insignia on a white background. This marking is displayed on the rear fuselage sides and often also on the fuselage belly, wing centre section or outer wing. In addition, the aircraft are normally painted white overall, although this is not compulsory under the conventions. The operator titles ICRC are displayed on the forward fuselage, often with the circular COMITE INTERNATIONAL GENEVE marking. Alternatively, the latter is displayed on the tail fin.

 
 

National Markings
Swiss Air Force

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


   
Main MarkingFin Flash

1915-1945
By late 1915 Swiss military aircraft were being marked with the national flag, on the wings and on the fin/rudder. During WW2 red-white stripes were added to the wings and fuselage as neutrality markings.



   
Main MarkingFin Flash

1945-present
Since 1945 the national markings have usually been presented in the form of a roundel. The main marking is displayed on the fuselage sides of the helicopters, and above and below each wing and on aircraft. The fin flash is carried in place of a fuselage roundel on aircraft. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

National Markings
Honduran Air Force

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


                                   
                             Main Marking                        Fin Flash   

n/a-Present
The main marking is displayed on 2 positions on the tailfin of aircraft and helicopters. Most aircraft have ‘FAH’ applied on the fin and the serial number.

National Markings
Uruguayan Air Force

of the Uruguayan Air Force

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


                                                           
                                  Main Marking                                  Fin Flash

1916-Present
The main marking is displayed in 4 positions (ie above and below each wing) of aircraft. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. The serial number is displayed on the fuselage of aircraft and helicopters and sometimes also on the rudder. From 1953 the main marking and the inscription "FAU" are usually displayed in 2 positions (ie above and below each wing) of aircraft. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. The serial number is displayed on the fuselage of aircraft and helicopters and sometimes also on the rudder.

 

National Markings
New Zealand Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the insignia used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force since its formation:


  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1923-1942
Until the start of the Pacific War, New Zealand military aircraft markings followed the parctice of the Royal Air Force. The standard Type A blue/white/red roundel was displayed in the standard six positions, plus a red/white/blue fin flash or rudder stripes – with red leading. No service titles were carried.


  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1942-1944
The war with Japan caused a rapid reduction in the size of the central red area, until it was almost a dot. At the same time the fin flash morphed into a very tall and very narrow red/white/blue stripe.


  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1944-1945
With the arrival of large numbers of Lend-Lease aircraft from the USA, the simple expedient of overpainting the US national insignia central star with with a blue disc resulted in a distinctive blue/white/wblue Pacific War roundel. The tone of blue used varied from very light to very dark.


  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1946-1957
In the post-war period, national markings reverted to the standard Royal Air Force pattern, but did not change when the central red disc was enlarged on RAF roundels in 1947. The service title ‘ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE’ was displayed on the fuselage sides of transport aircraft.


  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1957-1960
In 1957 a white fern leaf was added to the central red disc, to create a nationally specific insignia. The service titles remained as before.


  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1960-1967
Because of remarks that the white fern looked like a white feather, in 1960 it was changed to a silver fern. But on aluminium aircraft, some observers remarked that this looked like worn paint.



  
Main MarkingFin Flash

1970-present
From 10 October 1970 the national insignia was changed to one with the central red disc replaced by a red Kiwi bird. The bird normally faces forward, but some instances are known of it facing backwards. The fin flash remains unchanged. The service title ‘ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE’ is displayed on the fuselage sides of transport aircraft. RNZAF helicopters now carry the service title ‘AIR FORCE’ on the rear fuselage.


  
Main MarkingMain Marking

1970-present
Two different low visibility versions of the kiwi roundel have been used. A red/blue version with no white areas, and a grey version with the bird and outer ring the same tone of grey.

National Markings
Uruguayan Naval Aviation

of the Uruguayan Navy

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by Uruguayan Naval Aviation since its formation:


                                       
                  Main Marking                                                 Fin Flash

1930-Present
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (ie above and below each wing) of aircraft and on each side of the fuselage. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. The serial number is displayed on the fuselage of aircraft and sometimes also on the rudder.

From 1951 the main marking and the anchor are usually displayed in 4 positions (ie above and below each wing) of aircraft. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. The serial number and the inscription "AVIACIÓN NAVAL" are displayed on the fuselage of aircraft and helicopters and sometimes the serial number also on the rudder.

From 1955 the main marking and the anchor are usually displayed in 4 positions (ie above and below each wing) of aircraft. The fin flash is displayed on the rudder. The serial number and the inscription "ARMADA" are displayed on the fuselage of aircraft and helicopters and sometimes the serial number also on the rudder.