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A Short Admiralty Type 630 reconnaissance/torpedo aircraft is hoisted from a seaplane tender in 1915, wearing the original device for identifying aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service – the tri-coloured Union Flag.
” or “How come the bullseye on the wing has no white in it like the bullseye on the side of the plane?Image via Brett “Drake” Goodman's Flickr site During the First World War, the Royal Flying Corps adopted and adapted the French Flying Service cockade as an identifier.Obviously, no colour photos of its use exist, but this photo taken by one of the world's best and most well-known air-to-air (A2A) photographers, Gavin Conroy of New Zealand, shows us just how it would have looked on this SE5a from Peter Jackson's The Vintage Aviator Co.By the end of the war, there were nearly a dozen official variations of the Royal Air Force roundel, and even variations of each of these.Most roundels were painted on at the factory where the aircraft was built, but they were not always executed to the most recent standards.
Some roundels were applied as pre-made decals at the factory, while, after repairs in the field, other roundels were applied by hand and could have spurious diameter ratios or even additional outlines. Before the war, the roundel colours were of a significantly brighter hue than those employed during the war.