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by Mark Sensen, 28 June 1997
A flag for the Air Force was adopted only in 1948 (when it was still part of the Royal Netherlands Army as Military Aviation), revised in 1964. Also this flag is used as a flag next to the national flag, not instead of it.
Note that the Military Aviation of the Royal Netherlands Army wasn't active in the Netherlands Indies. The Military Aviation of the KNIL (Royal Netherlands Indies Army) was, which never had a flag.
BTW, both sections merged when the KNIL was dissolved in the early 1950's after Indonesia became independent.
Mark Sensen, 2 Jun 2002
A circle divided into three equal sectors in the colours red, white and blue. At the centre an orange circle with a radius of one fifth of the roundel.
Mark Sensen, 19 Apr 2003
The Koninklijke Luchtmacht was formed on 1 July 1913 as Luchtvaartafdeling and adopted in 1914 its first roundel - an orange ball.
In 1921 a new roundel was adopted (same as today) with horizontal rudder stripes of red-white-blue.
In order to shaw its neutrality, a upside down orange triangle bordered in black was adopted in 1939 with no tail markinks.
During WWII - Dutch squadrons within the RAF (320-322) used the pre-war roundel - while in the East - Indies and the Antilles, a national flag was used on the fuselage, wings and tail (so say [cos98]).
In 1945 - the current roundel was adopted. [cos98] report also the national flag as fin flash, but it seems that it is not done anymore.
Naval air arm use the same roundel with inscription.
Dov van Gutterman, 21 Jun 2004