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Laotian Aircraft Markings

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Current Aircraft Marking

[Laos Aircraft marking]
by Zeljko Heimer

Virtually the same as the national flag. Military Aircraft Insignia of the World claims it is the flag painted on the planes, however it is once shown in slanted position.
Zeljko Heimer, 4 April 2002

Fin Flash and Roundel, 1955-75

According to Cochrane & Elliot Military Aircraft Insignia of the World before the Pathet Lao took over (1975), the Laotian air force used a fin flash of the national flag of the time- red with white elephants on steps, under a parasol, and on the wings & fuselage used red roundels with the same symbol.

The Laos fin flash was the then national flag: " upon a red background were three elephants under a parasol, representing the monarchy, standing on five steps , representing the five first commandments of Buddhism"
Dov Gutterman, 9 February 2000

Aviation Royale Laotienne was formed in 1955 and until 1975 used a roundel based on the national flag of that era: the central device in white on red disc bordered in white. see
Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2004