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... starting with a few aircraft from the RCAF and it's decendant, the CAF....



The C-119 Flying Boxcar served with the RCAF from 8 September, 1952 to 13 September, 1967. This example is in an early transport scheme of natural metal with Red 509-102 hi-visablity areas on the wigtips and tailplane.

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This 435 Sqn. C-119G is in the ATC scheme of White 513-101 over natural metal and Red 509-102 hi-visability areas on the wingtips, tailplane, fins and dorsal fin fillet. Matt Black 512-301 areas on the nacelles/booms for exhaust stains and on the radome/anti-glare panel.

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The Argus served as a long range patrol/ASW platform, from 1957 until relpaced by the CP-140 Aurora, in 1982. This 415 Sqn. example from the 70's is in the scheme adopted for 'Maritime Command', of White 513-101 over Grey 501-109.

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Still retaining the overall Green 503-120 scheme from it's days with the Cdn Army, a 450 Sqn. CH-113A Voyageur, now sports post-unification CAF markings, Rotors are a med grey (top), matt Black 512-301 (bottom) with 6" Yellow 505-101 tips.

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CT-1344A Musketeer in the asymetrical CAF scheme, 1973. Overall Yellow 505-101 with Red 509-101 hi-visability areas on the wingtips, tailplane and fin. Black 512-301 anti-glare panel and wing walkways.

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CP-121 Tracker in the the overall Grey 501-109.

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414(EW)Sqn, CE-144 Challenger in Greys 501-322 over 501-323 and the markings in contrasting greys.

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In stark contrast, is this VIP 412 Sqn. CC-114 Challenger in the FIP scheme of overall White FS17875 with Red FS11105 hi-visability wingtips/winglets and tailplanes.

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A 1 CAG CT-133 Silver Star, in the symetrical "CANADA' scheme. Camouflage is Green 503-301, Grey 501-302 over Grey 101-327. Markings are low-visibility - essentially the full-colour national markings with the white removed and the remaining colours toned down.

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A pair of 414(EW)Sqn. "T-birds", both in the FIP scheme. The one in the background is natural metal with Red FS11105 hi-visability wingtips/outer half of tip tanks & tailplanes. It also has the red/black striped rudder of 414(EW)Sqn. Like the anti-glare panel, the inner half of the tips tanks are matt Black FS37038. The one in the foreground, is in the overall Greys; 501-322 over 501-323, with contrasting grey markings.

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Three 419 Sqn. CF-5A's, two camouflage schemes! The one in the foreground is still in the early 70's style scheme of Green 503-310, Grey 501-302 over Grey 101-327 and full colour national markings, The other two are both in the 'newer' wrap pattern of Green 503-301 and Grey 501-302, with the low-vizability markings. Note the differences in the colours, between the two camouflage pattern. See the notes, accompanying the named colours, re painting suggestions. All have the 419 Sqn. band on the fin.

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419 Sqn. CF-5D in the new 'Ghost' scheme of Blue FS35237, Greys FS36307 and FS36251, sporting FIP markings and a false canopy, in Grey 501-302.

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The 410 Sqn. CF-18 is finished in the standard Blue FS35237 over Grey FS36375 with contrasting grey markings and a false canopy of Grey FS36118. The 419 Sqn. CF-5A is in the last major repaint FIP 'Ghost' scheme, of Greys FS36251 and FS36307, plus Blue FS35327. It also sports a false canopy of Grey 501-302. All markings are Grey 501-323.

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This 412 Sqn. Cosmpolitian, sporting the asymetrical "CANADA" scheme, is White 513-101 over Grey 201-103.

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Carrying RCAF markings with the 'new' flag, pinpoints this photo post-1965/pre-unification. A CSR-110 sporting the standard RCAF SAR markings for fixed wing aircraft. Both "RESCUE" and the SAR band are Red-Orange Day-Glo 609-401. The SAR band has Blue 503-103 borders. The silver areas are Aluminum 515-101, wingtips/tailplane are Red 509-102 & the upper fusleage is White 513-101.

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A Lancaster MR10, possibly from 103RU, shows the final scheme applied to the Lancs, natural metal with White 513-101 fuselage top, Red 509-102 hi-visbility areas on the wingtips/tailplanes and spinners, lower fuselage (top of the bombay doors - down) and underside of wings, Grey 501-108. The upper/lower wing behind and adjacent to the nacelles, plus the cowlings, are Aluminum 515-101. For the Lancs dedicated to a SAR role, the standard SAR band of Red-Orange Day-Glo 609-401 and Blue 503-103 borders, is carried mid-fuselage, interrupted by a Day-Glo 'RESCUE'.

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Canadair Sabre Mk.5, of the Golden Hawks aerobatic team which was formed in 1959, disbanded 1963. Overall (Sheffield's) Pale Gold. Black 512-101 anti-glare panels.

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CH-136 Kiowa in the tactical wrap scheme of Greens 505-301 and FS34095. Tail rotor is Red 509-101 with a White FS17875 6" stripe, 6" from each end. Main rotor blades were a med gray with 6" Yellow 505-101 tips.

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A Dakota in the first United Nations paint scheme used during UNEF I in the Sinai from 1956-1967.

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A Canadair CC-106 Yukon in the stanadrd ATC scheme, photographed in 1967 (Centennial logo on fin above flag) of White 513-101 over natural metal, with Red 509-101 hi-visability areas. This particular Yukon displays the red and white roundels that were in trial use, very briefly after the adoption of Canada's new flag in 1965. After the trial period, the more familiar blue, white and red roundel was reinstated.

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CF-104, photographed post-unification, in "CAF" marking (note the small leaf in the roundels). It's overall natural metal, upper wings White 513-101, lower wings and nose a Grey 501-109. Canada-based CF-104 had the tailplanes Red 509-101, while European CF-104's had white tailplanes.

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439 Sqn. (1 CAG) CF-104 in the variegated coamouflage of Green 503-301 and Grey 501-302 over Grey 101-327. National markings are toned-down low-visbility - full colour markings (toned down colours), less the white.

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409 Sqn. CF-101B Voodoo ("CANADA" marking scheme) overall Aluminum 515-101 with black anti-glare/nose cone.

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416 Sqn CF-101B Voodoo in it's final scheme of 'Voodoo Grey' AA 92-A-312, overall and black anti-glare/nose cone.

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"Royal Canadian Air Force" CC-130E Hercules in the standard "Air Transport Command" scheme of the day - white fuselage top and natural metal lower fuselage, wings and tailplanes. Red 509-101 hi-visibility areas, appear on the wingtips and tailplanes. Nose radomes are gloss black. Later, in the 70's, the natural metal was replaced by Aluminum 515-101 and the nose radomes became a matt black

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This 435 Sqn. CC-130E is an example of the 'Symetrical scheme' and carries the tactical camouflage of Green FS34095, Greys 501-302 and 501-322, with black markings, that was applied to transport aircraft.

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One of the five CC-130HT tankers, in the tactical camouflage. Similar in pattern and apperance, the the tactical camouflage of Green FS34095, Greys FS36118 and FS35237, was unique to the tankers. Again, markings are matt black.

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Current scheme for the entire Hercules fleet (CC-130E/H/HT/H-30), overall Grey FS26099 with all markings in Grey FS26176.

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A CC-137 Boeing 707 in the standard scheme of overall White FS17875 over Grey 201-103. Wings are overall Grey 201-103 with Red FS11105 hi-visabilty areas on the wingtips and tailplanes. IFR pods, carried only on s/n 13703 and s/n 13704, are Red 509-101 with a White FS17875 'refuelling arm',

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A CH-149 Cormorant, showing a new twist to the CF's overall yellow SAR scheme. Overall Yellow FS13358 and Red FS11105.

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The original scheme for the CC-150 Polaris.... overall Grey FS26173 with full-colour, toned-down markings. Note the UN flag plaque on the tail, below the fag/serial no. This was slipped in a 'picture frame' and carried when on UN-related duties. The CC-130's carried the UN flag in an identical manner.

Credit: Toni Marimon @ airliners.net


The second and current scheme for the CC-150 Polaris - Greys FS16099 over FS16175, with contrasting Grey markings. The only exception to the grey markings, is the flag, which is the full-colour, toned down version - Red FS11105, no white.

Credit: 8 Wing Imaging Section, Cpl. Tom Parker


For the C-17, the overall colour is FS36173 with contrasting grey markings. All 4 of the C-177 Globemaster III's are based at CFB Trenton and current crews are being trained by members of 429 (T) Sqn. which has the primary mission of Transport, but think of them in the old WW2 RAF parlence ... our transport OTU sqn.

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...and a couple from the 'glory' days of the RCAF's 1 Air Division ....



Classic in-flight photo of a well-worn Canadair Sabre 6 of 434 Sqn., part of the RCAF's 4 Wing. Even though the camouflage scheme is Dark Green/Dark Sea Grey/PRU Blue, note the apparent hand-painted touch-up on the fuselage (judging
from the uneven appearence of the outter ring of the fuselage roundel) in what should've been Dark Sea Grey, with PRU Blue. With due consideration of the
wear on the camouflage finish, note the difference in appearence between the Dk. Green/Dk. Sea Grey of the Sabre and the Dk.Green/Dk. Sea Grey on the
423 Sqn. CF-100. The Sabre's Dk. Green/Dk Sea Grey appears closer to the
RAF's WW2 Dk. Green/Ocean Grey.

Credit: CF Photo


An excellent in-flight study of a 423 Sqn. CF-100 Mk.4B, over St.Hubert, Que. Overall camouflage was Dark Green/Dark Sea Grey/Med. Sea Grey.

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... a few of the Royal Canadian Navy's aircraft ....



Displayng the earlier RCN markings (squadron codes still in use), it displays the newer RCN scheme of Dark Grey over Light Grey. Note the yellow surround to the fuselage and wing roundels, not uncommon for this scheme.

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Three HUP-3s, flew with RCN VU-33 Squadron between May, 1954 and January, 1964. Number 51-16623 displays the definitive RCN scheme that saw 'Navy' and the last three of the serial, replace the use of code letters as well as the Naval Ensign and now resides, fully restored, in Ottawa's Aeronautical Collection at Rockcliffe. Overall finish is the standard RCN scheme of Dark Grey over Light grey. Also noteworthy is the use of the day-glo 609-401 (more orange than usual), plus the style and proportions of the RCN roundel.

Credit: CF Photo


The RCN designation for the S-55 was the H04S. It's main role in the RCN, was SAR standby or "plane guard", on the carriers HMCS Magnificent and Bonaventure. Overall scheme is Dark Grey over Light grey. Note the non-standard roundels.

Credit: CF Photo


A RCN Banshee banks over Halifax harbour in Nova Scotia. The F2H-3 Banshee was used by the RCN from 1955 to 1962. Until the CF-18, the Banshee was the only Canadian military Aircraft armed with sidewinder missiles. Note the location and colouring of the fin flash.

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... now the Royal Canadian Navy's ships ....



HMCS St-Johns along side of HMCS Protecteur for an Sea King Ex-change during Operation APOLLO. Landing deck colour is 503-305 with yellow 505-111 markings. Sea King is in the current overall FS26173, with 501-202 markings. HMCS Protecteur is overall 501-109.

Credit: MCpl Michel Durand


HMCS Iroquois heading for the Arabian Sea, October 24, 2001,in support of Operation APOLLO. The ship is overall 501-109.

Credit: MCpl Brian Walsh


HMCS Windsor being readied for it's voyage to her new home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It's the second of four British-built, Victoria-class submarines in Canadian service. Overall colour is matt black.

Credit: Alan Rowlands


CH-113 Labrador s/n 11304, participating in a winching exercise with a 40' Crash Boat. CH-113 is an overall 505-101 yellow and red 509-101 hi-visabilty areas. Crash Boat hull is 501-105 grey, with 505-101 yellow superstructue and decks.

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... last but certainly not least..Canada's Army ....

Post 1970, the Canadian Army, is said to have had three standard schemes: a "Tri-colour" of OD/Green/Black; the "NATO/SCAPP" scheme(s) of a medium green/brown/black combination and an "overall green" scheme. The visual difference between the "SCAPP" and "NATO" scheme was that the basic "NATO" scheme was charcterized by a base of green with bands of black and brown, arranged in a pattern that tended to be uniform in shape/size/distribution. The "SCAPP" scheme, altough using the same colour combination, appears to be of a more irregular pattern. As of 2003, all three of the aforementioned schemes are still in use.

Although official patterns/paint mixes existed, touch-ups were frequently ad-hoc, available colours used and the inevitable variations occured. Tom Rae reports that even though a particular Iltis started out in a Tri-colour scheme, as a result of touch-ups, etc., he's notes it's appearence could best be described as a penta-colour scheme (10 colours!), including, he swears.. 'Canadinan Tire' gloss green! Another example he also mentions is that, officially, the Cougar's and Grizzly's were painted in the standard Tri-colour or overall white UN schemes. While serving in Bosnia with the Canadian Forces, he observed a fair number of those vehicles, may well of been in the NATO scheme.



A selection of 3 PPCLI Battle Group vehicles, including Coyotes and MLVW's (Medium Logistics Vehicles, Wheeled), in the Canadian camp located at the coalition camp; Kandahar airport, Afghanistan. The vehicles are in an overall Sand FS33531, desert camouflage.

Credit: MCpl Danielle Bernier, DGPA/J5PA Combat Camera


A 2CER (23rd Field Sqn.) Bison, in Bosnia. SCAPP Camouflage finish overall - RAL 6031 Brunzerun (Bronze Green), RAL 7023 Lederbrun (Leather Brown) & RAL 9021 Teerescharz (Tar Black). Note the green under the callsign 'E32A', has apparently been touched-up with a lighter shade (possibly Forest Green FS34095), while the rest of the vehicle retains the factory applied SCAPP colours. White SFOR titles.

Credit: Paul Fredenburg


LAV III in overall Forest Green FS34095.

Credit: CF Photo


Leopard C2 in overall RAL 6031 Brunzegrun (Bronze Green).

Credit: Paul Fredenburg


MLVW, stationed at CFB Gagetown Training Area. The subject vehicle is a sample of the mixing of schemes. The actual MLVW, sports a Tri-colour scheme, consisting of Black 512-301, Green 503-319 and Olive Drab 503-321, while the tarp is the NATO scheme of Black 512-301, Light Field Green FS34441 and a Dk.Brown FS30118.

Credit: Corporal James Nightingale CTAPC


An ILTIS 4X4 Vehicle, stationed at CFB Gagetown Training Area. Camouflage appears to be a non-standard two-colour scheme of Black 512-301 and Light Field Green FS34441. It's quite possible that this may have started 'life', as a more standard Tri-colour scheme. Note how the various tarps, have weathered.

Credit: Corporal James Nightingale CTAPC


An ARVL (Armoured Recovery Vehicle Light) M113, in a slightly worn Tri-colour camouflage of Black 512-301, Green 503-319 and Olive Drab 503-321.Note how a tiny patch of the original OD, under the side equipment rack, has faded to a brown

Credit: DND Photo


M113 APC's on UN duties in Sarajavo. Overall finish is a matt white with black 512-301 UN titles. Note that each M113, flies the UN Flag on it's tied-back antenna.

Credit: Sgt Coulombe