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Chilean Air Force

Fuerza Aerea de Chile

Last modified: 2017-10-13 by randy young
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[Chilean Air Force standard]
image by Randy Young, 12 October 2017
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Air Force standard

The standard of the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aerea de Chile) can be seen online in photographs, such as the one at http://www.museoaeronautico.gob.cl/_/rsrc/1472584626292/home/noticias/2016/7386oaniversariodirecciongeneraldeaeronauticacivil/20160826_111321.jpg. The flag features the Air Force coat of arms centered on a light blue field. The coat of arms shows a silver condor framed by gold olive branches below a white star, all on a dark blue shield outlined in white. The words "FUERZA AEREA DE CHILE" appear in dark blue capital letters in the white chief. The shield is ensigned by the same gold crown as seen in the Navy standard.
Randy Young, 12 October 2017

Fuselage marking (grey version)

[roundel in [pay00]
image by Francisco Gregoric, 7 January 2005

Nowadays, combat planes use a "low visibilty" variant of the 1930 emblem, painted in only one color instead of blue, red and white.
Francisco Gregoric, 7 January 2005

As shown in Album 2000

[Grey roundel]
image by Željko Heimer, 15 December 2005

As shown in the Album 2000 [pay00].
Željko Heimer, 15 December 2005

Fuselage marking (mostly obsolete tricolor version)

[Tricolor roundel]
image by Francisco Gregoric, 7 January 2005

A new roundel appeared in 1930. A shield divided to top blue and bottom red charged with a star. Fin flash was as before.
Dov Gutterman, 13 June 2004

The "classic" Chilean roundel used by the Air Force is a lesser presentation of the national coat of arms. The huemul deer, the condor, the ñandú feathers and the motto do not appear in the air force roundel. However this roundel is "too visible," so it is used mostly in transport planes or helicopters.
Francisco Gregoric, 7 January 2005

Aviación Naval de Chile (Naval Aviation) was merged into the new Fuerza Aérea Nacional de Chile (Air Force) in 1930 and separated again in 1953. Chile also got Air Section of Cuerpo de Carabineros de Chile, (Police) and Comando de Aviación del Ejército de Chile (Army Aviation, since 1 October 1970.)
Dov Gutterman, 13 June 2004

As shown in Album 2000

[Tricolor roundel]
image by Željko Heimer, 15 December 2005

As shown in the Album 2000 [pay00].
Željko Heimer, 15 December 2005

Markings used from 1913-1930

1913-1918

Forming the Escuela de Aeronáutica Aviación Militar on 11 Febuary 1913 brought to the forming of Servicio de Aviación Militar de Chile later become on 21 March 1930 into Fuerza Aérea Nacional de Chile. The website SkyTamer.COM shows the first roundel which was quite "British."
Dov Gutterman, 13 June 2004

Transitional variant

The other variant was by charging the white star on the center of the former "British" roundel and keeping the former fin flash. My guess that there was a period of transision in which only a white star was added to the existing machines until the new roundel took over.
Dov Gutterman, 13 June 2004

1918-1930

In 1918 a new roundel was introduced. The book [cos98] shows it as white star on blue surrounded by red ring and a blue rudder with white star; however, it not entirly correct as two variants existed. A new roundel appeared in 1930.
Dov Gutterman, 13 June 2004

Fin flash

[Fin flash]
image by Željko Heimer, 9 April 2001

Blue square with a white five-pointed star, as shown in the Album 2000 [pay00].
Željko Heimer, 15 December 2005

The post-1918 fin flash serves until today.
Dov Gutterman, 13 June 2004

The Air Force Fin Flash is a white star on a blue square. Airplanes under the command of the Army use a white star on a red square. The Naval Aviation fin flash is a black anchor ensigned by a black star.
Alex Garofolo, 3 February 2016