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With very few, slight modifications the wing and fuselage marking of aircraft of the Iraqi Air Force did not change between its formation in 1931, and 2003. This has been a green triangle with a black border. Superimposed on this has been a representation of the Arabic word 'Jaish', for army, in red.
It is in the fin and rudder markings that the many political changes in the country have been mirrored. Between 1931 and 1958, when the monarchy was overthrown, the rudder was marked with vertical stripes of the four national colours: green, white, red and black. This later became a fin flash. The fin flash in use between 1958 and 1962 was vertically striped in black, white and green. On the white was a red eight-pointed star. In 1962 horizontal striping of red, white and black was used. Three green outlined eight-pointed stars appeared in the white. Since 28 August 1963 three green five-pointed stars have been marked on the white. Initially these represented the proposed union of Egypt, Syria and Iraq, which never took place.
Since the formation of the new Iraqi Air force in 2004 aircraft bore only the national flag. The roundel of red white and black with three green stars across the centre has been proposed but so far never used. A new roundel was adopted in 2011. This is red, white and red, the outer red inscribed with IRAQI AIR FORCE in black. The emblem of the air force is superimposed over all.