Last modified: 2004-07-03 by dov gutterman
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by Zeljko Heimer, 15 May 2002
by Miles Li, 11 April 2004
The flag of the Airforces of the Republic of Lithuania
(Lietuvos Respublikos karines oro pajegos): The white cloth
charged with the State flag in the upper left quarter and with
stylized azure wings and double cross of Jogaila family in lower
right quarter. The cross of Jogaila family is white bordered with
two black bends. The relationship of the width of the flag to the
length is 1:2.
Audrius Slapsinskas, 24 November 2003
My image is based on Audrius Slapsinskas description.
badge taken from the official Ministry of Defence website, at
Miles Li, 11 April 2004
From Album 2000 [pay00] -
Aircraft Marking - Black fimbriated white two-crossbars cross
("Vytis cross"). The white border all around is not
given in [cos98]. The first
Lithuanian aricraft marking, that in use in 1919-1920 was more
flag related, being a tricolour diamond (as in Brazilian flag)
with the Vytis rider in the central red diamond field. In 1920-21
it was found to complicated, and it was replaced by red shield
with white Vytis cross, and in 1921 the current design was
introduced. Disontinued in 1940, or course. Paramilitary National
Guard used tall red shield with Vytis cross in 1936-1940.
Zeljko Heimer, 15 May 2002
Lithuanian Karo Aviacijos (Lithuanian Military Aviation) was
established in 1919 and adopted first marking with national
colors in diamond shape, usually on white background and chrges
with white Vytis. Those markings can be seen at <www.wiseowlmagazines.com>
(upper plane on left photo).
Insignia report that sometimes, the markings are also incomplete due to lack of the the White Vytis, an omission that frequently occurred during 1919.
In 1920 those markings were replaced with two-crossbars cross ("Vytis cross") on red shild as seen at the cover of the megazine in <www.wiseowlmagazines.com> and on the upper part of the lower chart.
In 1921 the red shield was omitted and the markinks were only the Vytis Cross in white and bordered black (sometimes with another white borders). Those are the same markings as used today. See again <www.wiseowlmagazines.com> and also <www.dalnet.se/~surfcity>.
The "new" Lituanian AF (Karines Oro Pajegos/Krasto Apsaugos Savanoriskos Pajegos) re-adopt the same markings in 1992.
[cos98] report two more markings:
- Marking for National Guard 1936-1940 as "shrinked" version of the "cross on shild" marking (see bottom of lower chart at <www.wiseowlmagazines.com>)
- Marking for "Central Lituania" air force (1920-1921): red square with white border on one wing, white square with red wing on another wing and verical white-red stripes as rudder stripes. <www.internetmodeler.com> report: "Another set of marking was used in 'Zeligowski's revolt' in Lithuania in 1920-21 - red square with white outline on left wing and white square with red outline on right."
See also: <www.scramble.nl> <www.fighter-jets.de> . "Lithuanian Air Force 1918-40" and "Lithuanian Air Arms". Photos at <www.airliners.net/496090> and <www.airliners.net/496089>.
Dov Gutterman, 20 June 2004