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The aircraft markings reported in Album des Pavillons (2000) [pay00]
the national flag in circular format (without yellow emblem). The National flag is
painted on the fin, as explained in a note by the figure.
Željko Heimer, 01 Aug 2001
Eritrean Republic Air Force was established soon after the independence in 1994. Cochrane & Elliott, 1998, [cos98], reports the roundel as appear only on the fuselage - http://www.skytamer.com/roundels/eritrea/01.htm, while according to the Album des Pavillons (2000) [pay00] the roundel as the national flag in circular format (without the yellow emblem) is painted on the fin, as explained in a note by the figure.
So, the question is the fin flash... with or without national flag. The answer is simple... both, and also roundel as fin flash... I guess that Eritrea didn't find the time for standardisation so anything goes.
Flag as fin flash:
Roundel as fin flash:
No fin flash:
A unique story is behind the plane at http://www.acig.org/artman/uploads/etaf_mig-23bn_er01_lilo.jpg. It is a former Ethiopian Mig-23 captured by the Eritreans who painted the green and blue parts of the flag on it in order to get the red they did it over the former Ethiopian roundel, leaving the star, and by that made a unique Eritrean markings and flag...
Dov Gutterman, 12 June 2004