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RAF jet aircraft in recent service

DRAWINGS BY MIKE K E E P

COLOUR KEY

Dark
Dark sea
Light
Dark
green
grey
aircraft
green
BS.381C/641 BS.381C/641 grey
BS.381C/627

Mid blue

Deep
gold

Light
blue

Natural
metai

Roundel
blue (RAF)
BS.381C/nO

Dark
blue

Pale
grey

H a w k e r Siddeley Harrier GR.1 Harrier Operational Conversion Unit


XV751/51 (1971), Matt dark green/dark sea grey/light aircraft grey
finish w i t h code 51 in red w i t h white outlines on fin. Serial numbers
black. This aircraft was previously with No,1 squadron whose red code
N is still painted on the fin. Grasshopper insignia under cockpit.

Extra
dark
green

Harrier O C U grasshopper is yellow


w i t h black detail and outlines.
Lettering white.

H a w k e r Siddeley Harrier G R . 3 No.1 Squadron XV778/16 (Norway


1979). Standard matt dark green, dark sea grey, light aircraft grey
scheme with all dark green areas (except near serials) crudely
overpainted with whitewash. Code 16 in red.

No.1 S q u a d r o n revised design (mati


finished aircraft) is red and white
w i t h gold, white and deep gold
wings.

H a w k e r Siddeley Harrier GR.1 No.3 Squadron XW767/F (1975-76).


Dark green/dark sea grey/light aircraft grey matt finish with nose and
wingtips painted very pale grey. Code on fin in yellow. Serials black.

No.3 S q u a d r o n early design (Harrier


GR.11 comprised a red and grey
cockatrice on a white disc. Flanking
bars were mid green and yellow.

Metres
Feet

Light
gull grey

N o . 3 S q u a d r o n revised design
(Harrier GR.3) cockatrice is red and
grey on a white disc w i t h flanking
bars in very dark green and yellow.

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International
orange

No.20 S q u a d r o n design is black,


yellow and white (sword is black on
some aircraft). Flanking bars are light
blue w i t h red, white and green centre
stripes.

H a w k e r Siddeley Harrier GR.3 233 Operational Conversion Unit


XV804/J (1977). Gloss dark green, dark sea grey, light aircraft grey
finish with light biue code letter J on fin. Insignia on nose red and grey,
black and yellow. Black serials.
233 O C U head is black, white and
grey w i t h yellow eye. Background
disc is light blue. Flanking bars are
(left) red and grey. (Right) black and
yellow. B o t h are edged in light blue.

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mmmm

NEW COLOURS
BAe Sea Harrier low visibility camouflage scheme

H a w k e r Siddeley S e a Harrier F.R.S.1 ZA177, 809 Naval Air Squadron A p r i l / M a y 1982. Semi-matt finish of medium
sea grey w i t h lower wings and tailplane in mixed grey. Unit insignia on fin faces forward on port side and aft on starboard
side. Individual codes are not carried.

S e a Harrier F R S . 1 lower
surfaces are medium sea grey
and mixed grey*. Roundels are
not applied to longer surfaces.
Underwing serials on XZ497
only. Note the white intake
interiors.
*The two greys used are very similar
to each other. For clarity the contrast
between them has been exagerated
in these drawings.

White

IVIedium
Pale Red
Sea Grey
BS.381C/637

Barley Grey
Red
(Mixed Grey)
BS.4800/1B.B.21

Pale Blue
BS.381C/111

Yellow

Natural
Metal

Fibreglass

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Fleet Air Arm camouflage and markings 1988


FLEET AIR ARM COLOUR KEY

Black

White

Signal red Natural


BS381C/537 metal

Light
Medium sea Dark
Extra dark
"AF
Olive
Post Office Bright
aircraft
grey
sea grey
sea grey
blue-grey drab
red
green
grey
BS381C/637 BS381C/638 SS381C/640 BS381C
BS381C/298 BS381C/538 canvas
BS381C/627

Gold

Fibreglass

Dayglo
red

Bright
Mid
roundel blue blue
BS381C/110

Yellow
primer

Pale red
RD.28A

Pale blue
RDM.28A

DRAWINGS BY
MIKE KEEP

) Squadron kingfisher is
pale blue and white with red
eye and beak. Large wing
and body are orange and
pale yellow. Background is
blue with white waves.
Number is black.
W e s t l a n d W a s p H A S . 1 XT778/430 of 829 Squadron, HMS Achilles
ship's flight, Portland February 1988. Overall RAF blue-grey colouring
with all markings in black. HMS Achilles crest on both sides. Tail danger
panel is red with black outline and wording.

430
HMS Achillescrest is gold
and red with black detail.
Name is white.

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