Yugoslav Naval Aviation 1918-1941


1. Ikarus SM
Serial no. S-23, Pomorsko Vazduhplovstvo, Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca (PV-KSHS - Naval Aviation of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes), mid 1920s. Built by the Ikarus factory in Novi Sad, Serbia, many SMs served with the PV-KSHS. Colour scheme was an overall Dark Blue, though wings often appeared lighter, possibly due to bleaching by the sun. A White stripe on the fuselage indicated that this was a training aircraft. Serials are White, including the weight details on the forward fuselage. The rudder carries KSHS colours in horizontal stripes of (from top) Blue, White and Red. 'Kosovo Cross' roundels are carried in six positions. Note that the serial was repeated on the starboard fuselage in Cyrillic characters, as can be seen photographs in the printed version of Insignia Magazine.


2. Hanriot H.41M
Serial no. 60, Pomorsko Vazduhplovstvo, Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca (PV-KSHS - Naval Aviation of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes), late 1920s. Colour scheme on this licence-built French seaplane was an overall Mid Blue. Forward fuselage and cockpit decking was Natural Metal. A White stripe on the fuselage indicated that this was a training aircraft. Serials are White. The rudder carries KSHS colours in horizontal stripes of (from top) Blue, White and Red. 'Kosovo Cross' roundels are carried in four positions.

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The illustrations above are taken from an article in Issue No. 18 of Insignia Magazine, available now from Blue Rider Publishing.

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