A fin flash is part of the national markings of the military aircraft of a number of countries.
A fin flash often takes the form of vertical, horizontal or slanted stripes in the same colours as the main insignia and may be referred to as rudder stripes if they appear on the rudder instead of the fin, as with the Armée de l'Air of France. Alternatively, a national flag or a roundel may be used.
Images shown below are as they appear on the left side of the aircraft (i.e. with the left side of the fin flash leading) - in cases where there are no asymmetrical details such as coats of arms or text that cannot be reversed, the image may be reversed for the right side, such as with the Royal Air Force fin flash to keep the same side forward much as with a flag. When a national flag is used, the left side of the aircraft is often the back side of the flag as it is normally flown. Exceptions include the German Third Reich's ostensibly "civilian" aircraft in the 1930s, which used the old black-white-red German flag on the right side of the fin and rudder and the Nazi Party flag on the left side.
Fin flashes (Current)
(low visibility, light)
U.S. Coast Guard
- Military aircraft insignia
- Tail code
- United Kingdom military aircraft serials
- United States military aircraft serials