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Slovenia: Aircraft markings

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Slovene Air Force roundel
Left,1996- - Image by Uroš Žižmund, 24 June 2004
Right, 1991-1995 - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 March 2009

While the first markings were adopted by the new Slovene Air Force on 28 June 1991, the current roundel of the Slovene Air Force was adopted in 1996, with the national flag as the fin flash. This roundel was already in use in 1918-1919 with the plain national flag (horizontally divided white-blue-red) as the fin flash.

Quoting the Aeroflight website, original information by Andrej Kogovjšek and Matjaz Partlic:

1918-1919 - Upon the break-away from the Hapsburg Empire, aircraft in Slovene territory were given new markings in the Slovene national colours. The main marking was displayed on the aircraft upper and lower wings - overpainting the former Austro-Hungarian black cross markings. On the fuselage and tail there were two combinations of markings: Slovene roundel on the tail with no markings on the fuselage or Slovene flag (without coat of arms) on the tail and Slovene roundel on the fuselage. Later in 1919 all military aircraft came under Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes central control and ceased to wear Slovene markings.

1991-1995 - The first national marking after independence was based on the Slovene coat of arms and adopted as the official badge of the Slovenian armed forces. The main marking was displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters and aircraft, and also on the upper right and lower left wing of aircraft. The national flag is used as a fin flash.
A low-visibility black outlined version of the official badge of the Slovene armed forces was applied. This low visibility badge is now applied on all military vehicles, tanks, etc. No fin flash was carried.

1996-present - In 1996 a new roundel was introduced, featuring the national colours of white, blue and red. The national flag fin flash was unchanged.

Dov Gutterman, 24 June 2004