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Romania
Romania


History
   Romanian military aviation dates from as early as 1910. Aircraft carrying roundels of red, blue and yellow saw action in the second Balkan War of 1913. The order of these was variable. The roundel form, with rudder striping continued in use, with a gradual confirmation to red, yellow and central blue, until 1941. Romania joined Germany in the invasion of Russia and had to adopt an Axis cross-type insignia. This was an indented yellow cross with a small roundel in the centre. There were many variations of this and some aircraft carried a form of rudder striping. 
   On 23 August 1944, with Russian invasion of Romania, the country sued for peace and declared war on Germany. Markings immediately reverted to the roundel form. This was retained until after the formation of a communist republic in 1947. Romania then joined Hungary and Bulgaria by adopting a red star with the old roundel in the centre, and a thin blue border. In 1985, amid much political turmoil, the roundel form once again appeared, marked on wings and fuselage with a smaller version on the fin.

 

Russia
Russia insignia


 

History
   The Imperial Russian Flying Corps was founded in 1912, as was the aviation element of the Imperial Russian Navy. Flying Corps aircraft were marked with a representation of the national flag, a horizontal tricolour of white over blue over red. Navy aircraft carried a blue St Andrew cross on a white rudder in addition to the standard markings. By 1915 a roundel form was adopted. This was, from the outside, red, blue and white. The central white area was often much larger than the other two colours, which gave the appearance of a white disc with a thin red and blue border. These roundels were marked on wings and fuselage and often on fins, rudders and elevators. 
   The period following the revolution was of disintegrating chaos. Many units defected to the revolutionaries and their aircraft markings were based on the colour of the revolution, namely red. Initially roundels were over painted red, then over painted white with a red star, sometimes leaving the red outer ring of the original marking. Even a red skull and crossbones on a white disc has been noted. With the formation of the Workers and Peasants Red Air Fleet on 24 March 1918 the red star was the preferred marking, and this, with very little variation, has been used on wings, fuselage and fin up until the present day. The early Soviet navy aircraft bore a red or black anchor on the fuselage. When the Soviet Union reverted to its original name, Russia, in 1992 red stars were continued in use. Since 2009 a blue line was added to the red star to match the Russian colours of red, white and blue.
   During the Russian Civil War of 1918-20 pro-tsarist government forces were still active, assisted by British, French and American units. The Don Republic Air Force used a blue triangle on a white disc; Admiral Kolchak's used the blue triangle pointing backwards on a white square. The Far East Republic of 1920 used a marking of a red and blue triangle, whilst Kolchak's Siberian Air Force used either the Siberian flag of white and green or the Tsarist flag, on fuselage sides. In the chaotic situation of the time there were many variants of these markings. Interventionist forces used their normal national Insignia, but there are many examples of the use of the pre-revolution roundel as well as white, blue and red rudder stripes and occasionally the Orthodox Church cross as a wing and fuselage marking.
   From the early 1920s a plain red star was used. This was outlined in white or yellow on camouflaged backgrounds. Until the 1960s it was normal to omit the marking from the top of the wings. From the 1970s Soviet naval aircraft also carried a 'wavy' version of the naval ensign. 
   During the Second World War anti-communist Russians formed a small element of the German forces. There is evidence that their aircraft bore a white shield with a blue St Andrew cross on the fuselage, above and below the wings, and a smaller version on the fin, though this marking has to be confirmed. It is far more likely that this emblem was used as a small badge in addition to normal German insignia, some appear to have carried the St Andrews cross instead of the swastika as a fin marking. Since the break-up of the USSR, Russia has reverted to using the pre-1917 flag. This has been marked on the fins of Russian aircraft, sometimes in addition to red stars. At the present time red stars continue as a wing and fuselage marking, although some training aircraft have been seen with red, white and blue roundels. The original St Andrew cross flag now appears in 'wavy' form on naval aircraft. Since 1992 a number of seperatist conflicts have occurred throughout the ex-USSR, using aircraft. Generally these have retained red stars, although Chechen forces for a time used their own insignia. This is a green and red star with a black and yellow wolf design. A red, green and white roundel has also been reported, as has a red on yellow spiral.

The idea of low visibility markings were first used in the 1920s Low visibilty markings, a plain red outline star, have been introduced. This idea was first used in the 1920s and may be the first use of these type of marking. Currently low visibility markings are a plain, outlined red star.


 

 

 

Rwanda

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History
   This small Central African state, independent since 1962, has used military aircraft bearing the pan-African colours of red, yellow and green as a roundel. A fin flash of the national flag has also sometimes been used. A new flag of blue, yellow and green was introduced in 2003. Aircraft now carry this flag as standard, there are no reports of any roundel version.