Bulgarian Naval Aviation 1919

Friedrichshafen FF33L
Serial no. 1271, Bulgarian Naval Aviation, Varna, 1919. Aircraft appears to be Sea Grey on all upper surfaces, with Light Blue on lower flying surfaces. Serial number is Black outlined in White, conforming to standard German naval practice. The Bulgarian insignia featured on this aircraft consists of a Green triangle with Red, Black and White faceted edges, all surrounded by a White outline. A Black crowned lion is placed on the Green triangle of the marking. The presence of this marking on the wings of the aircraft is unconfirmed.

This illustration, taken from Issue 4 of Insignia Magazine, is based on a rare photograph supplied by Stephen Boshniakov. It is also the subject of Issue 4's FREE decal sheet.

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