Heimwehr Flying Corps

1. Hopfner HS 8/29
Registration No. A-128, this aircraft was one of two operated by the Heimwehr from about 1932. The aircraft is finished overall in Silver, including the struts. Wheel hubs are Dark Green or Black. Code number is in Black and is repeated in four wing positions. The Heimwehr symbol appears on the rudder, and consists of a White bird (Eagle) on a Green disc, superimposed on an Austrian flag with horizontal Red/White/Red stripes.

2. Fiat AS 1
Registration No. A-126, this was the sole Fiat 'Aeroplan Sport' 1 operated by the Heimwehr. Acquired from Italy in 1932, the aircraft is finished overall in Silver, with Dark Grey or Black struts. Code number is in Black and is repeated in four wing positions. The Heimwehr symbol appears on the rudder, as detailed above.

3. BFW Messerschmitt M 23b
Registration No. A-137, this BFW Messerschmitt M 23b served with the Heimwehr from 1933. Finished overall in Silver, it carried full Heimwehr markings as described previously. It also took part in the first International Austrian Trans-Alps competition in May 1933, gaining the third place prize.

Background
One of the least known of paramilitary air forces must surely be that of the Austrian Heimwehr Fliegerkorps during the 1920s and 1930s. Formed from earlier paramilitary flying groups, the Heimwehr Fliegerkorps operated a selection of German, Austrian and British aircraft, and even participated during the Austrian Civil War of February 1934. These illustrations are taken from a five page article in Issue No. 5 of Insignia Magazine featuring many unique photographs.

Pictures and text taken from Issue 5 of Insignia Magazine.

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