National Markings
French Naval Aviation

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the French Navy since its formation:




Main MarkingFin Flash

1910-1940
The main marking was displayed in 6 positions – i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage. The fin flash was usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. No service titles were carried.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1940-1944
Under the Vichy government, French military aircraft had red and yellow horizontal stripes added to the engine cowling and tail unit. The main markings were unchanged. The roundel was displayed in 6 positions – i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage. The fin flash was usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. No service titles were carried.




Main MarkingFin Flash

1944-present
After the liberation of France from Nazi control, the Vichy markings were removed. The main markings were unchanged. The roundel 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 nowadays rarely carried by frontline types, but on second-line types is usually displayed in the form of rudder stripes. Sometime during the 1960s, the service title MARINE was introduced, being shown on the rear fuselage sides or tailfin.

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