Military Aircraft Insignia of the World

Published: September 29th, 2014     
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Author: John Cochrane and Stuart Elliott
Reviewed by: 
Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Specialty Press
ISBN #: 978-0-9554268-7-2
Other Publication Information: 7.8 x 10.5" 104 pages 250 photos and drawings Paperback
Price: $22.95
Product / Stock #: FR687

Military Aircraft insignia dates to pre-World War I era, with France and Romania as the first two countries to have designated official military markings.

This book covers every country that I can think of, including a handful of little know countries like Transinistra and some major countries that over the years had multiple military air force insignia (like the US or the Regia Aeronautica).

Each country has a section devoted to the markings, the colors in the insignia and a small description of their aerial assets. In most cases there is a picture of an airframe showing the insignia. Countries like Spain, that had multiple insignia and even civil wars, the book covers the markings of both sides.

All the markings are printed in full color and most of the pictures of the airplanes are in color too (the only exception are period pictures that were originally taken in black and white).

I want to point out that the Specialty Press website list the book as "Volume 1, A to K", however my copy has all the countries (from A to Z) in the book. The ISBN number in the book and listed in the website is the same, so I think there is an error in the publisher website.

This book is an excellent reference to aviation aficionados and modelers alike. You can actually use many of the drawings to make your own home-made decal markings.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Specialty Press and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

  • Sample Page 1 - Italy
    Sample Page 1 - Italy
  • Sample Page 2 - Ethiopia
    Sample Page 2 - Ethiopia
  • Sample Page 3 - Serbia
    Sample Page 3 - Serbia