|By Rato Marczak, 2009
color was proposed by the British Air Ministry in 1940 as a pale
greenish gray similar to FS 34324  to be used on fighters and
bombers. The name Sky, however, was forged only later in that year.
This color was one of the new Type S (smooth) ones, hence the "Type S"
suffix. I'm convinced that this color did not derive from 210 Sky in
the 1939 chart, but from the 216 Eau-de-Nil color. I also believe the
non-official designation Duck Egg Green may have been invented to
differentiate the Sky Type S from the Sky Blue (Duck Egg Blue).
|C2||Sky Blue: This was the underside color preferred by the Fighter Command. It was a pastel blue shade described as Duck Egg Blue. This color seems to have remained virtually unchanged since the 1931 chart.|
|C3||Sky Grey: This color should have been used only on FAA and Costal Command, but found its way on RAF fighters as well.|
concerns RAF's Temperate Land Scheme during the first years of the war,
there are two sky colors to work with: Sky / Sky - Type S and Sky Blue
/ Duck Egg Blue (FAA and Costal Command is another story). Both colors
were used on (or under!) the British fighters, but photos show that the
second was more common.
|2.||The photos also show
that the ID bands were generally painted with Sky, as well as the code
|3.||These two general practices contradict at least two official documents from 1942-43 (stating that everything should be Sky Blue)...|
|4.||... and these two documents contradict the Air Ministry directive from December 1940 (stating that everything should be Sky Type-S).|
contradictions 3 & 4 in sequence don't make the common practices 1
& 2 correct.