A former spanish colony, Venezuela finds its origins in the Greater Colombia Federation, founded in 1819 by Simon Bolivar in opposition to the Spanish domination. Besides Venezuela, this federation included Colombia, Ecuador and Panama. When Bolivar died, in 1830, the federation was disbanded, and the four countries gained independancy.
Flag, three horizontal stripes, yellow blue, red, yellow stripe with coat of arms, blue stripe with seven white stars on a bow.
The Venezuelan national flag strongly looks like the flags of Colombia and Ecuador, these three countries finding common historic origins. The stars stand for the 7 provinces of the country ; they have not to be mistaken with the star standing in the center of the colombian roundel.
Roundel, three concentric stripes, red blue yellow, side bars with yellow blue red stripes.
The venezuelan roundel is sometimes not figured on the fuselage of the aircraft of the Fuerza Aerea Venezolana, where stands then only the simplified national flag. This roundel is also used by the Aviación del Ejercito (Army Aviation) whose aircraft sport the marking 'Ejercito de Venezuela' and registration codes in EV-nnnn.
Flag, three horizontal stripes, yellow blue, red, blue stripe with seven white stars on a bow.
A simplified version (without the coat of arms) of the Venezuelan national flag is very often used as emblem on the fuselage or as fin flash. One finds it either in its classical form, or on the whole rudder of the aircraft. Photo : collection Richard Chevrier.
Roundel, three concentric stripes, red blue yellow.
Simplified version of the roundel, without the side bars, used on the aircraft of the naval aviation (Armada de Venezuela - Aviación Naval), with the marking Armada and a navy anchor. Tha aircraft have registration codes in ARV-nnnn.