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Kuwaiti Air Force

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Air Force flag

[Air Force (Kuwait)]
image by Martin Grieve

In the 1970s, the Air Force adopted a light blue flag with a yellow emblem an a quadricolor (black-red-white-green) roundel in the center.
Source: M. Lupant, Drapeaux et armoiries de l'Etat du Koweit, [lup99b], published in the Proceedings of the XVII International Congress of Vexillology [icv97]. Black and white illustrations.
Ivan Sache, 27 Aug 2002

1962-197x Air Force flag

[Air Force 1962-197x (Kuwait)]
image by Martin Grieve

The 1962 Air Force flag was similar but with a different emblem.
Source: ibid
Ivan Sache and Dov Gutterman, 27 August 2002

Aircraft Markings

Fin Flash

[Fin Flash (Kuwait)]
image by Željko Heimer

The current aircraft marking of the Kuwaiti Air force is similar to the national flag.
Source: [pay00] (Album des Pavillons)
Dov Gutterman, 19 Jun 2004

Roundels (No Longer In Use)

Roundel c. 1961-?
Roundel ?-1991
[Air Force Roundel (Kuwait)]
[Air Force Roundel (Kuwait)]
images by Klaus-Michael Schneider and Eugene Ipavec, 12 Feb 2012

Al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya was formed in 1961 and adopted a black-red-white-green roundel as seen on the flags above. [whe86] reported the roundel with an inscription on the bottom of the green stripe. I can't figure what is written in his image (a part of the first word is "al-Kweiti"). Cochrane & Elliott (1998) report that the inscription is "Kuwait" which is probably wrong. The national flag was the fin flash.
I guess that while on planes this inscription was omitted for being too small. I can't see a trace of it in these photos. Cochrane & Elliott (1998) stops in 1991, but the KAF was reformed after the Gulf War. However, no sight of the roundel any more, as planes use only the national flag as fin flash. See photos: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Dov Gutterman, 19 Jun 2004

A green-white-red-black roundel with a white inscription upon the lower part of the green circle. The transliteration of the inscription is (in German) silach al hauwalat li kuwaiti, literally meaning "airy/windy weapon for Kuwait" or lesss literally "Kuwait Air Force."
Source: David DONALD, Taschenhandbuch der Militärflugzeuge, ISBN 3-89880-122-5, p.176
Klaus-Michael Schneider and Jürgen Weidhüner, 12 Mar 2009