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Royal Bahraini Air Force

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Introduction

The Bahrain Amiri Air Force was formed in 1977 as the Bahrain Defense Force Air Wing (so say Cochrane and Ellison [c2e98]; another source says 1976). Also according to Cochrane and Ellison, until 1985 it used only a national flag as fin flash, but since 1985 has added a roundel, probably since they got their first jet fighters in December 1985. It got its current [as of the time this was written – Ed.] name in 1987.
Dov Gutterman, 11 Jun 2004


Air Force Roundel

[Roundel (Bahrain)]
image by Željko Heimer

Roundel of four concentric disks red-white-red-white, the outer red ring being the double width of the next two being of equal width.
Source: Album des Pavillons, [pay00]
Željko Heimer, date unknown

Cochrane and Ellison show show the roundel as two red rings of the same width on a white circle, and the fin flash as the national flag bordered in red. The image above, based on Album des Pavillons 2000 [pay00] shows a thinner inner ring. Various online photographs of Bahraini aircraft show that the Album's report is the correct one. One photo also shows a gold border around the roundel and the fin flash, which is a representation of the national flag but with dividing straight line (without the "teeth"). It also shows no red border to the fin flash.
Dov Gutterman, 11 June 2004