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Aircraft markings, 2006

[Airforce roundel]

Airforce roundel of Serbia - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 15 November 2006

Quoting Beta, 13 November 2006:

Serbian military jets and helicopters will receive new designations and new camouflage paint jobs.
The changes will be in accordance with the traditional marks used by the Military of the Yugoslav monarchy in the period between the two World Wars. According to air force commanders, the aircrafts will have stylized versions of the Takovo cross with red, blue and white in the middle circle, on the wings.
On the tails of the jets and helicopters there will be Serbian flags and the serial numbers of the aircrafts. [...]

Milan Jovanović, 14 November 2006

[Airforce roundel]

Low-visibility airforce roundel of Serbia - Image by Milan Jovanović, 5 April 2008

Five Serbian remaining MiG-29 were overhauled, and repainted in two shades of gray (probably FS 36118 and FS 36375), according to a low-visibility scheme.

Milan Jovanović, 5 April 2008

Proposal by the Serbian Heraldry Society

[Airforce roundel proposal]

Airforce roundel of Serbia proposed by White Eagle - Image by Milan Jovanović, 24 November 2006

The Serbian Heraldry Society is upset with this roundel as well as with other markings and flags proposals for the Serbian Army and Air Force.
Quoting (translating) the Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti:

"We think that the markings proposed for the Serbian Air Force and Army are not good solutions; they have been designed by non-professionals and do not comply either with the vexillological and heraldic standards or with the Serbian tradition" says Kosta Knezević, member of the Serbian Heraldry Society.
The cross on the aircraft roundel is the Kosovo Cross and not Takovo Cross. It belonged originally to the medieval Kosovo Serb lord Bosko Jugović.
The order of colors is also wrong. Kosta Knezević claims that the Serbian roundel should have red in the middle, blue around it and then white at the edge.
The Serbian Army has set up a working group to design new symbols. Their member Bojan Dimitrijević: claimed that proposals were already adopted unofficialy and are waiting for President of the Republic Boris Tadić to validate them. All proposals will be soon presented to the public.

Milan Jovanović, 24 November 2006

Temporary roundel, 2006

[Airforce roundel]

Temporary airforce roundel of Serbia - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 15 August 2006

The recently adopted roundel of Serbia is horizontally divided red-blue-white - obviously based on the roundel used previously by Serbia and Montenegro and by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia before that, only the colours are re-arranged to match the national flag. The fin flash was also re-arranged in the same way.
The markings are provisional, so they might be changed soon.

Milan Jovanović & Tomislav Todorović, 25 October 2006