CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovak Air Force (Ceskoslovenske Vojenske Letectvo)
1918 to 1920
The first version of the Czechoslovakian national insignia, in use from 1918 until 1920.
Example: Nieuport 17/21/23/24/25/27
1920 to 1921
The second Czechoslovakian Air Force insignia, which was used between 1920 and
1921, simply consisted of a national flag.
Example: Fokker D.VII
1921 to 1939
The definitive design of the national roundel was introduced in 1921.
Example: Fokker F.IX
An Air Force directive issued in December 1926 specified a thin outline to the
national insignia. This outline was to be Dark Blue when the roundel was applied on
surfaces painted in Khaki colour, and Red when on Silver or Light Grey ones. This
directive, however, wasn't always strictly adhered to, and many 'non-regulation'
combinations appeared during those years. Most notably, all aircraft manufactured by the
Avia company sistematically received roundels with a darker 'ink-blue' outline.
Example: Avia B.534
1940 to 1945
During WW2 Czech airmen fought on the Allied side. Some RAF squadrons were all-Czech
units and their aircraft carried a small Czech roundels in addition to British markings.
Example: Supermarine Spitfire
1945 to 1992
After the WW-II aircraft of Czechoslovak Republic (1945-1960), Czechoslovak
Socialist Republic (1960-1990) and Czech and Slovak Federal Republic (1990-1992) carried
old pre-war roundes.
Example: Ilushin Il-10 Beast
Example: Sukhoi Su-7B Fitter/Moujik
by Stephen Sender
Last update: 05/08/2013