Air Forces of the Russian Civil War

< 1. Sopwith Strutter
Serial no. unknown, Kolchak's Siberian Army Air Force, 1918. Aircraft has worn Olive Green paint on upper surfaces with Clear Doped Linen undersides. Forward fuselage is in Medium Grey. French roundels and tail striping are retained from the delivery scheme. Russian pennant on fuselage is (from top) White, Blue and Red.

2. Fokker D.VII
Serial no. 2, 2nd Soviet Aviatryad, 1922. Aircraft is Dark Green on all upper surfaces and wheel covers, with Pale Blue lower surfaces. Cowling is Natural Metal. Fuselage panels are Medium Grey. Fin and rudder are painted with Red and White stripes. All stars are in Red. The numeral on the fuselage is White.

3. Sopwith Snipe
Serial no. 7, 2nd Soviet Aviatryad, 1922. Aircraft is Dark Green on all upper surfaces, with Pale Blue lower surfaces. Cowling is Natural Metal. Fuselage panels and wheel covers are Medium Grey. Fin and rudder are striped in Red and White. All stars are in Red. The numeral on the fuselage is White.

4. Sopwith Strutter
RAF serial no. A1527, Workers' and Peasants' Red Air Fleet, captured by Lithuanian forces, February 1919. Aircraft has Olive Green paint on upper surfaces with Clear Doped Linen undersides. Forward fuselage is in Medium Grey. British tail striping is overpainted with a Red star. Red stars on White discs are painted over British roundels. Serial no. is White. Captured on 5 February 1919, thia became the first aircraft in the invenory of the Lithuanian Air Force. For more details about this aircraft and a further colour scheme see the current Insignia Air Force Special on the Lithuanian Air Force 1918-1940.

These illustrations are taken from a larger article in Insignia Issue 4, with 17 side view profiles, featuring aircraft of the White Russian, Georgian, Soviet, Don Cossack and Ukrainian Air Forces.

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