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Aircraft Marking

  image by Ivan Sache, 3 June 2019

  image by Ivan Sache, 3 June 2019
fin flash

According to [pay00] - Aircraft marking - The marking could be described as a circular version of the national flag with two horizontal rectangular wings.
Aircraft fin flash - Square field, horizontally divided red-white-blue. Two stars, blue and red, respectively, are placed horizontally in the white stripe.
Encyclopaedia Universalis Yearbook (1998) says that the Panamanian Armed Forces were dissolved in 1991. A National Police of 11,000 was created the same year. There is an American Force of 7,000 in the former Canal Zone.
Ivan Sache, 23 June 2002

According to [pay00] - Aircraft Marking - National flag in shape of a roundel with "wings". Aircraft Fin Flash - Square, red, white, blue horizontal tricolour, with two stars in white stripe, blue forward and red to the end.
Željko Heimer, 7 October 2002

Panamanian military aviation started in 1931 and stopped in 1939 due to shortage in planes. Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [cos98] report that during this era a white disc bordered in red and charged with black letters RdeP, and rudder insignia made of white disc bordered in blue with black inscription GN 31 (for Guardia Nacional 1931), were in use.
[cos98] also report another try to establish military aviation in 1945 ( give 1946-1948) and report national flag on the rudder as the sole marking.
The Servicio Ae'reo Nacional was formed in October 1964 as Destacamento de Aviacion No.1 (First Aviation Detachment) and renamed Fuerza Ae'rea Panamena (FAP) on 17 January 1969. In 1989 the FAP was dissolved following operation "Just Cause" (US invasion) and a new Servicio Ae'reo Nacional was formed. The marking since as above. Note that this is not fin flash but rudder stripes. Photo at
Dov Gutterman, 22 June 2004

I would like to point out that indeed the Panamanian armed forces were dissolved in 2000 following the American invasion of Panama. It was replaced by a civil police. There is no air force either.
Didimo Grimaldo, 30 January 2005