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Laotian Aircraft Markings

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[Laos Aircraft marking] image by Željko Heimer

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Current marking

Virtually the same as the national flag. Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [cos98] claims it is the flag painted on the planes, however it is once shown in slanted position.
Željko Heimer, 4 April 2002

Fin Flash and Roundel, 1955-75

According to Cochrane & Elliot Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [cos98] 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