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Sweden

Sweden Air Force (Flygvapnet)

1912 to 1914

The first military aircraft appeared in Sweden in 1912 they did't have any mational markings.

1914 to 1915


Undersides of the wings

Rudder

With the outbreak of hostilities in Europe it was decided that there was a need to paint the aircraft so they could be seen to be Swedish. The national insignia consisting of a Swedish naval three tongued flag on the rudder, undersides of the wings a blue circle with broad yellow outline, the letter 'S' and an arabic numeral. This last painted to be read from the wingtip towards the fuselage.

Example: Svenska Aero Bastarden

1915 to 1917


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Wings (variant)

Rudder

On 1915 September 22 the national insignia was changed to consist of three black crown on the wing upper and lower surfaces. If necessary on a white field.

Example: Sodertelge Verkstader SW.16

1917 to 1927


Wings and Fuselage

Rudder

The national insignias were changed after the pattern used by other forces in Europe and was amended to also include a position on the fuselage. The crowns were usually painted on a white, nearly square, field, reaching to the leading and trailing edges of the wing and fuselage upper and lower sides.

Example: Avro 504/K1Y
Example: Friedrichshafen FF.33/39/49/59


Wings and Fuselage (Variant)

Wings and Fuselage (Variant)

In 1924-1926 a lot of markings trials were tested, including: crowns on a white circle, vertical blue/yellow/blue stripes on the rudder, white crowns outlined in black and white instead of black numerals, black crowns, white crowns, white crowns with black edges, black crowns with white edges, blue/yellow/blue squares, white crowns on a black square and white numbers on black fields, black crowns on a square white field, black crowns on a white circle and more.

Example: Fiat BR

1927 to 1937


Wings and Fuselage

Rudder

The directions stated that the national insignias would consist of three black crowns on a white circle and rudders with yellow and blue vertical stripes, the yellow closest to the hinge. The white circles could be omitted on light backgrounds.

Example: Bristol Bulldog

1937 to 1940


Wings and Fuselage

The national insignias were changed to be yellow crowns with black outlines on a blue circle. This as a result of camouflage trials in 1935. The yellow/blue bands on the rudder were deleted.

Example: Seversky P-35/2PA/AT-12 Guardsman

1940 to Present


Wings and Fuselage

The present markings were introduced. The main marking is displayed on the fuselage sides of the helicopters, and in the standard six positions on aircraft. No fin flash is carried. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

Example: SAAB J.29 Tunnan
Example: SAAB J.37 Viggen


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