That Sink­ing Feel­ing !

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Tale Spin -

The world’s old­est independent Air Force (as dis­tinct from Army or Navy Avi­a­tion) is the Royal Air Force of the UK, which marked its Cen­te­nary on 1 April 2018. One cer­tainly ex­pected that the RAF would have gone to town with ex­tra­or­di­nary paint schemes on some of its leading air­craft types. But, alas no ! The cho­sen logo (see im­age) has the RAF roundel seem­ingly dis­ap­pear­ing out of the pic­ture, pro­vok­ing some Bri­tish en­thu­si­asts to la­ment the fact that this was not only in­ap­pro­pri­ate (re­flect­ing the re­duc­ing num­bers of air­craft in ser­vice ?) but ac­tu­ally, dis­ap­point­ing, con­sid­er­ing the RAF’s splen­did his­tory and legacy.

The In­dian Air Force, which was born in 1933 as a tiny ad­junct of the RAF in In­dia, to­day has mul­ti­ple times the num­ber of com­bat air­craft in ser­vice than its ‘par­ent’ does. But no paint schemes have adorned its air­craft ever since it went over­all ‘grey’ some decades back.

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