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Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria

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Established in March 1915, the "Cuerpo Aéreo del Ejército" adopted its first marking in 1928. It was the same markings as used today - Roundel: upside-down red triangle charged with white 5 points star on blue disc. Modified national flag was used as rudder stripes. See <>. Same marking appear also in Jane's 1945.
Changing the name in 1953 (other source give 23 April 1952 - <>) to Fuerza Aérea Ejército de Cuba (FAEC) was followed by a new markings in 1955. The new roundel was constitued from a white 5 points star bordered in red and a blue bar. Tail marking was the same as before. See <> and a photo at <>.
Formation of Fuerza Aérea Rebelde on 2 May 1958 (later to be Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria on 1 January 1959) brogut to the adoption of a new roundel (while keeping the tail insignia). A red triangle charged with white star with blue-white-blue bars (the lower one halp size of the uppers). see <> and a photo at <>.
However in 1963 the first roundel was re-adopted. See: <> and photo at <>.
No source report it, but seems that in some stage, a blue upside-down triangle charged with white star was in use. See <>. The L-39 was in service between 1982-1998 so this roundel was maybe a "low visability" version.
Dov Gutterman, 15 June 2004


image by Željko Heimer, 6 June 2001

Roundel - Blue disc, with an inscribed red triangle pointing downwards and a white star within the triangle.
Source: Album des Pavillons et des Marques distinctives 1995 [pay].
Ivan Sache, 2 July 1997

From Album 2000 [pay00] - Aircraft Marking - Quoting the note to the figure: "The national flag, hoist to the front, is painted on the fin".
Željko Heimer, 6 June 2001

Fin Flash

image by Dov Gutterman (based on Antonio Martins image), 8 October 1999

The Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria uses a square variant of the national flag as fin flash.
Source: B.C Wheeler: Aircraft Markings (1986) [whe86].
Dov Gutterman , 8 October 1999

Previous Roundels

image by Ferenc Gy. Valoczy, 2 July 2003

image by Ferenc Gy. Valoczy, 2 July 2003