Last modified: 2004-08-26 by zeljko heimer
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The aircraft marking reported in Album 2000 is
the national flag in circular format (without yellow emblem). National flag is
painted on the fin, as explained in a note by the figure.
Zeljko Heimer, 1 August 2001
Eritrean Republic Air Force was established soon after the independence in 1994. Cochrane & Elliott, 1998, [cos98], reports the roundel as appear only on the fuselage - http://www.skytamer.com/roundels/eritrea/01.htm, while according to the Album 2000, [pay00], the roundel as the national flag in circular format (without the yellow emblem) is painted on the fin, as explained in a note by the figure.
So, the question is the fin flash... with or without national flag. The answer is simple... both, and also roundel as fin flash... I guess that Eritrea didn't find the time for stanrtization so everything goes.
Flag as fin flash:
Roundel as fin flash:
No fin flash:
A unique story is behind the plane at http://www.acig.org/artman/uploads/etaf_mig-23bn_er01_lilo.jpg. It is a former Ethiopian Mig-23 captured by the Eritreans who painted the green and blue parts of the flag in and in order to get the red they did it over the former ethiopian rounsel, leaving the star, and by that made a unique Eritrean markings and flag...
Dov Gutterman, 12 June 2004