|Quoting Skymonster (Reply 11):|
OK, so [for example] the civil-operated fire bombing C-130s still in USAF colours are warbirds now then?
Do not confuse "military colours" with "military markings". The colours are a paint scheme, the markings are military nationality markings like roundels or star-and-bar, or, for US Army aircraft, the text "United States Army". Aircraft with a civil registration which are painted in "military colours" but without "military markings", are, in general, never warbirds.
So this aircraft, which has military colours and a civil registration, is NOT a warbird, because it has NO military markings:
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But these aircraft, which also have military colours and a civil registration, ARE warbirds, because they HAVE military markings.
However, aircraft which are ferried from a former military operator to a new civil operator with a civil registration but where they "forgot" to overpaint the military markings for the ferry flight, shall also NOT be listed as warbirds as there is no intention to continue flying in those markings as commemorative aircraft.
So, these two aircraft which have a civil registration and military markings (star-and-bar) are NOT warbirds, because they only flew like this on their ferry flights and are not actively flying as such. So these aircraft will not be listed as military nor as warbird.
When these two aircraft would however continue to fly with those military markings after their ferryflights, then they would have to be classified as warbird (like the C-123 above).
I hope you see the logic for all this?
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