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There are standard camouflage schemes of various Air Forces

Great Britain
RAF - Day Fighter Scheme
(August 1941 to end of 1940s)

Germany (Nazi)
Luftwaffe - 1940 Fighter Scheme
(Since May 1940)

Slovakia
SVZ - Khaki Camouflage Scheme
(1939 - 1944)

USA
USAAF - OD Green Scheme
(1940 - 1953)

Finland
Ilmavoimat - 1940 Camouflage Scheme
(1938-1942)

France
Armee de l'Air/Aeronavale - Multicolour Scheme
(1938-1942)

Yugoslavia
VVKJ - 1938 Camouflage Scheme
(1938-1941)
VVKJ - 1939 Fighter Camouflage Scheme
(1939-1940)
VVKJ - Modified Three-tone Camouflage Schemes
(1940-1941)

















Slovakia

SVZ - Khaki Camouflage Scheme
1939 - 1944

The WW2 Slovenske Vzdusne Zbrane [Slovakian Air Arm] used the same standard colour schemes as its predecessor, the pre-war Czechoslovakian Air Force, throughout its entire involvement in the war. The basic colour scheme was set out in the camouflage regulations of the Ceskoslovenske Vojenske Letectvo first introduced in the mid-thirties. The upper and side surfaces of operational aircraft were painted Khaki, while the undersides were Hlinikove Bronz (matt aluminium dope). From August-September 1938, however, the lower surfaces of newly-built aircraft began to be painted Svetlesede, a light blue-grey colour also applied during repairs and overhauls of SVZ machines during the war.

The only exception to the rule was a Bloch (Aero) MB.200 night bomber operated by the SVZ, which had an overall Khaki colour scheme devised for a better concealment during night operations. Some biplane fighter types (B-534s and especially Bk-534s), also got their upper wing undersides totally painted in Khaki.

The Czechoslovak Khaki paint was a shade closer to green than to brown, but with the passing of time it faded to paler shades. Its final hue was also influenced by the quality and number of Cellon lacquer layers covering the camouflage colour. In some parts of the aircraft the number of layers was higher, resulting in different shades of the Khaki paint. These differences in colour were specially marked in freshly painted aircraft between the metal and fabric covered areas.



Avia B-534-IV - Khaki Scheme

Avia B-534-IV - Khaki Scheme

Khaki
Khaki

Hlinikove Bronz
Hlinikove Bronz

Svetlesede
Svetlesede

Bloch (Aero) MB.200 (vyr.c.12)
Bloch (Aero) MB.200 (vyr.c.12)
Cvicna letka, Perut III, Piestany, Slovakia, January 1940.
Artist: © Jan Mace

Avia Ba-33 (vyr.c.11)
Avia Ba-33 (vyr.c.11)
Cvicna letka, Letecky pluk 3, Piestany, Slovakia, Summer 1939.
Artist: © Jan Mace

Aero A-100 (vyr.c.9)
Aero A-100 (vyr.c.9)
Cvicna letka, Letecky pluk 3, Piestany, Slovakia, September 1939.
Artist: © Jan Mace

Avia B-534-IV (vyr.c.259/L-2)
Avia B-534-IV (vyr.c.259/L-2)
12. Letka, Stihacia perut II, Vinnitsa or Tulczyn, USSR, September 1941.
Artist: © Jan Mace

Avia B-34 (vyr.c.5/S-4)
Avia B-34 (vyr.c.5/S-4)
Letecka skola SVZ, Tri Duby, Slovakia, August 1944.
Artist: © Jan Mace


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