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Air Force (Malta)

Last modified: 2005-03-12 by santiago dotor
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Air Force Fin Flash

[Air Force Fin Flash (Malta)]
by Santiago Dotor and António Martins

From the Maltese Government Official Website:

Maltese Military Flash
Maltese military aircraft shall carry a rudder or fin flash consisting of two equal vertical strips, one white and the other red with the white leading and bearing across its top third a George Cross proper fimbriated in red.

Santiago Dotor, 28 November 2000

A note in Album des Pavillons 2000 says that the national flag is painted on the fin.

Željko Heimer, 31 May 2002

Air Force Roundel

[Air Force Roundel (Malta)]
by Željko Heimer

From the Maltese Government Official Website:

Maltese Military Roundel
Maltese military aircraft shall on the wings and fuselage carry a roundel, consisting of George Cross proper fimbriated in red in the centre of a white disc, within a red disc.

Santiago Dotor, 28 November 2000

On the Malta Department of Information booklet Struzzjonijiet Dwar L-uzu ta'bnadar ("Instructions on the Use of Flags") dated 1992, both the jack and the aircraft markings have that 'For Gallantry' inscription.

Armand Noel du Payrat, 28 November 2000

I would like to point out that in the aircraft roundel the red disc with the white disc superimposed upon it is in the ratio of 150 to 75. That means there is a white disc of 75 diameter upon an red disc of 150. The George Cross is in the centre of the white disc and its ratio complete with fimbriation is 66. (...) I was responsible for the design of the roundel, so you may be certain of the relative official dimensions, but in all honesty the actual roundel that gets painted on the aircraft may vary somewhat!

Adrian Strickland, 5 February 2001

Source for my image: Album des Pavillons 2000. In Cochrane and Elliott 1998 two previous roundels are described:

  • horizontally divided red over blue, overall a white number one, used 1973-1980, and again 1988-1992 (First Regiment of the Armed Forces of Malta)
  • horizontally divided white over red, overall the black letters TF (Malta Task Force), used 1980-1988.

Željko Heimer, 31 May 2002