From the shoulders of the star,
draw lines outward whose lengths
are the same as R.
From the ends of these lines,
draw vertical lines downward
whose lengths are 1/2 of R.
(Note: ;is is where many
mistakes are made.) From the
ends of the vertical lines, draw
the bottom horizontal lines
back to the circle.
Around the entire figure, draw an
outline whose width is equal to
1/8 R. If the marking is the postwar
type, which includes the red stripe
inside the white bar sections, the
width of the stripe is equal to 1/6 R,
and it is centered on the white bar.
Note that the red stripe is slightly
wider than the blue outline.
After learning how the U.S. aircraft insignia should look, it
is also important to get the colors right. The FS (Federal
Standard) 595a color reference guide identifies the colors
to use as follows:
Insignia Blue: 35044 if matte and 15044 if glossy
Insignia Red: World War II: 30109; pre- and postwar: 31136 if matte
and 11136 if glossy
Insignia White: 37875 if matte and 17875 if glossy
Special note: During World War II, Insignia White was often applied as a
mix of 13 parts white to one part black. This was due to straight white
being too bright and conflicting with the need for camouflage.
Skyraiders with correct post-W W II markings with the red stripe.