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Albania Air Force (Forcat Ushtarake Ajore Shqipetare)

1950 to 1950


Main

Tail or rudder

Tail or rudder (variant)

Aircraft of the newly formed Albanian Air Force were given markings in the national colours of red and black. The main marking was probably a simple adaptation of the existing Soviet national markings on the aircraft supplied, and was applied in the standard six positions, (above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides). A new vertical tail insignia was applied to the fin or rudder. These markings were carried by the Yak-9s supplied in 1951. (There is no evidence that a roundel based on the national flag double-headed eagle emblem was ever used).

On some early aircraft the tail insignia was displayed horizontally, rather than vertically. These markings were carried by the Yak-11As supplied in 1953.

1958 to 1960


Main

Circa 1958, MiG-15 and MiG-17 jets were seen with a new main marking consisting of a plain black disc with a red centre. This new marking was displayed above and below each wing, but not on the fuselage. Some aircraft carried no tail markings, while others carried a red star or diagonal red/black/red stripes on the fin or rudder.

1960 to 1991


Main

Tailfin

Tailfin (variant)

In about 1960 a revised style of national insignia was introduced, featuring a red star on a black and red roundel. The main marking was displayed on the aircraft above and below each wing, but not on the fuselage. Some transport aircraft also carried a fin flash.

The revised style of national insignia was also carried as a fin marking on some aircraft, in place of a fin flash.


Main

Tailfin

Another variation of the national insignia was a stencilled version, with cut-outs in the outer ring. This variation was widely used in the 1970s, and carried as a fin marking as well as above and below each wing.

Example: MiG MiG-15/J-2/Lim-1/Lim-2 Falcon/Fagot/Midget
Example: MiG MiG-17/J-5/Lim-5/Lim-6 Fresco
Example: MiG MiG-19/J-6 Farmer

1993 to Present


Main

embelm of Skanderberg

The traditional red star marking was abandoned in May 1991, following the fall of the communist government. For a while, some aircraft flew without any national markings. In April 1993, a new post-communist roundel was introduced, featuring the national colours of red and black in concentric rings. Initially, the roundel was used in association with the double-headed black eagle embelm of Skanderberg on the tail of some aircraft, but this was soon replaced by a repeated use of the main marking. The main marking is now normally displayed above and below each wing and on each side of the fin. No service titles are carried.

Example: MiG MiG-15/J-2/Lim-1/Lim-2 Falcon/Fagot/Midget
Example: MiG MiG-17/J-5/Lim-5/Lim-6 Fresco
Example: MiG MiG-19/J-6 Farmer


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