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by Zeljko Heimer
This is the flag of Croatian Air Forces (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo), as the flag of the unit (and not "air force ensign"). It consists of the AF badge - the winged square, above the state coat of arms and circular ribon with the name of the "unit".
Zeljko Heimer, 9 August 1999
Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [cos98] report the Croatian Air Force (HRZ - Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo) roundel for 1991-1994 as the Croatian Coat of Arms on fuselage and wings and national flag as fin flash as seen at <www.skytamer.com>. See also <www.insigniamag.com> and <www.acig.org>. Note that another image in this Insignia site carry only the Croatian Army emblem (<www.insigniamag.com/utva6.jpg>) while another one has only the national flag (<www.insigniamag.com/cess21.jpg>). Also there one image with Yugoslav-like tail at <www.acig.org>.
I guess that during the "rough times" of 1991, there was no time for standartizations, so variants of all kind appear.
Nevertheless, [cos98] report that in 1994 a new Roundel was adopted. It reported correctly as two red diagonal squared on blue disc, but its image is reversed in colors.....Yugoslav-like tail insignia is used. See <www.skytamer.com> which it is titled as 1994-present (?).
[cos98] stops here, but there was another change when the tail insignia was replaced by the Coat of Arms. At <www.skytamer.com> there is no date for this change. Same insignia also reported at <dragan.freeservers.com>.
Few photos with this insignia: <www.airliners.net/543977>, <www.airliners.net/141207> and <www.airliners.net/278864>. For more symbols and photos see <www.yuairwar.com>.
For the article in Insignia about Croatia and Bosnia 1991-1997 see <www.insigniamag.com>.
Dov Gutterman, 15 June 2004
The blue disk with red squares, as described is only correct - the image in [cos98] is just an error and nothing else.
Zeljko Heimer, 15 June 2004
by Zeljko Heimer, 3 November 1997
Croatian Air Forces (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo) uses a blue roundel with two red squares set diagonally.
Zeljko Heimer, 3 November 1997