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Aircraft Markings (Germany)

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Aircraft Markings

A chronological display of German aircraft markings from 1912 until present (incl. GDR air force) can be found here.
The markings of the Nazi and WWII era here, - interesting the page about Germany's co-belligerents' airplane markings. Some of them had a German-like design.
The markings of today's Luftwaffe are on this website.
The German Air Force from 1990 until present here.
Official website of the German Airforce (Luftwaffe) - (in German).
Data, photos and short history 1956 to present here.
Martin Karner, 23 Jun 2004

German Democratic Republic (1949-90)

Luftstreitkräfte/Luftverteidigung (LSK/LV) der Nationalen Volksarmee (NVA) / Air Force/Air Defence (LSK/LV) of the National People's Army (NVA)
A totally biased pro-GDR website, but with many datas, photos and a detailed history.
From its history page I translate the passages dealing about the aircraft markings:

Sept. 1956
German markings (rhombuses in black-red-gold, still without emblem) are put on the airplanes of the air force (Luftstreitkräfte). The first MiG-15 are registered for the LSK.

Oct. 1959
Creation of the GDR-marking (peak-standing square in black-red-gold with the national CoA in the center) based on the law for the national CoA of the GDR from 30.09.1959 (a drawing here on the left menue bar. For a (bad) photo click on "138").

The defence minister, army general W. Stoph, introduces the new aircraft marking for the NVA planes.
Martin Karner, 23 Jun 2004