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Luxembourg: Air ensign and roundel

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Air Ensign

[Air ensign]by António Martins & Mark Sensen

The ensign has ten white and blue stripes and a red lion over all. The proportions are 5:7. The name of this ensign is the rode lew (red lion). It is a banner of the national arms.

Before 1990, this flag was the water canal transport ensign and at the same time air ensign.

The law of the 9th of November 1990 concerning the creation of a Luxembourg public maritime register made of the ensign also a sea ensign (civil, merchant, and why not state).

The square version of the ensign is also the obverse of the army flag and the obverse of the Gendarmerie flag.

Pascal Vagnat, 10 May 1996


The Luxembourg defence forces do not possess an aviation complement, but for political reasons NATO aircraft are registered in the Grand Duchy. The NATO symbol, a four-pointed compass design in blue, appears in normal possitions on wings, fuselage and fin. Since the mid-1980's aircraft have also carried a roundel based on the national arms of Luxembourg. This is a red lion on a blue and white striped disc.

The image actually showes rectangular white pannel with blue NATO compass, just in inverted colours as on the NATO flag.

Source: Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [cos98]

Zeljko Heimer, 16 May 2002