Kwangsi Air Force 1927-1937
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas II
Serial no. 60, Kwangsi Air Force, 1932-1935. Aircraft retains the original British delivery scheme. All flying surfaces have a Natural Metal/Aluminium finish. The fuselage boasts a semi-civil scheme consisting of a Black upper surface with a Mid Blue lower surface. These colours are divided by a White cheat line. The struts and cowling areas are also painted Mid Blue. Wheel discs are Aluminium. Kwangsi roundels, as described for the Avro Avian IVM, are utilised on the wing lower surfaces only. There is also rudder striping which consists of a vertical Red stripe, and 10 horizontal stripes in Blue and White. The serial number '60' is in White.
Armstrong Whitworth AW XVI
Serial no. unknown (former Hong Kong civil registration VR-HBK), Kwangsi Air Force, 1932. As with the Atlas II, this aircraft retains the original British delivery scheme. All flying surfaces have a Natural Metal/Aluminium finish, with the fuselage in a semi-civil scheme consisting of a Black upper surface with a Mid Blue lower surface, divided by a White cheat line. The struts and cowling areas are painted Mid Blue. Wheel discs are Aluminium. No roundels are used at this stage. A White and Black triangle obliterates part of the civil registration. Other Hong Kong registrations used during the delivery of the four AW XVI fighters were VR-HAZ, VR-HBH and VR-HBN or VR-HBQ.
These illustrations are from an article in Insignia no.10 on the Kwangsi Air Force, researched by Miroslav Herrold.
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