That Sinking Feeling !
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.