Civil War, Son Bonet was a
military base for Italian and German pilots and their aircraft. In
the insignia of their unit, each carried a black saltire on the
The black saltire fin flash on Spanish military aircraft originates from the Burgundy Cross
flag which, in its turn, was based on the wooden cross of St Andrews, the patron saint of the
Duchy of Burgundy. This is a red saltire with two, sometimes couped, crossed and roughly pruned branches
on a white field. It was the Spanish military flag from 1520 to 1785.
The saltire, one of the oldest flags in the world, traditionally held to date back to the 9th century,
is the oldest national flag still in modern use. It was introduced into Spain by Philip I, Duke of Burgundy,
and was later established as one of the country's banners by his son Charles I, (later the Holy Roman Emperor), in 1516. Subsequently it flew as the Spanish naval ensign and over the Spanish colonial empire in the New World, for almost two hundred years.
It was first used on land by the Spanish Foreign Legion and has marked all Spanish air force planes
since the nineteen thirties.
overheads! From a simple flight plan to a customized operations
department. At a fraction of the cost of running your own.