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The Royal Libyan Air Force was formed in 1959 and carried the national flag as a fin flash, with a roundel version on the wings and fuselage. The flag, red over black over green, carried a white star and crescent on the black. The star and crescent did not appear on the roundel, which was in the three colours and with a wider black ring.
In 1969 the monarchy was overthrown and the Libyan Republic Air Force changed to a roundel and fin marking in red, white and block, exactly the some as Egypt. The two countries were forging very close ties at this time. During the mid-1970s, the Libyan flag, and therefore the fin flash, also bore the golden falcon of the Quraysh tribe. 1978 saw political conflict, with Egypt and Libya leaving the Federation of Arab Republics. A new flag in plain green to denote complete devotion to Islam was adopted, and this was reflected in the plain green roundel and fin flash marked on aircraft.
In March/April 2011 a number of aircraft including Mig 23s amd Mil-24s defected to the Free Libya forces. The roundels were changed to a version of the Benghazi flag. That is a roundel split horizontally red over black over green with a white star and crescent on the black. The flag is used as a fin flash. This is now the official insignia of the Libyan Air Force