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Royal Netherlands Air Force (The Netherlands)

Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)

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[Royal Netherlands Air Force] by Mark Sensen, 28 June 1997

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Royal Netherlands Air Force

Netherlands, Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), adopted 17 july 1964, replacing an earlier pattern adopted 18 june 1948.
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

Aircraft Marking

[Roundel)  by Mark Sensen, 19 Apr 2003

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

First Aircraft Marking (1914-1921)

[first Roundel)  by Mark Sensen, 19 Apr 2003

"Neutral" Aircraft Marking (1939-1941)

[neutral Roundel)  by Mark Sensen, 19 Apr 2003

Air Force Bases:


Eindhoven AFBase Shipmate Flagchart :


Gilze Shipmate Flagchart :

Gilze-Rijen former flag

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Leeuwarden AFBase Shipmate Flagchart :


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Twenthe AFBase Shipmate Flagchart :


Volkel AFBase Shipmate Flagchart :


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