Yes, you read that right.
I read this designer note while browsing Hasbro’s website for some new Transformers toys:
This DECEPTICON jet uses deco inspired by the Russian Air Force SU-37 Flanker- F prototype. The design team went with this deco to provide something that had realistic cues but still stood out. The “Decepticon Air Force” marking is the same as that used on the Decepticon Movie Starscream G1 redeco, and is roughly based on the real-world Philippine Air Force roundel.
I looked at the toy’s picture (Divebomb) but couldn’t make out the roundel referred to by the note. It is more obvious in the redecoed Starscream, though. I also looked up some info on the Philippine Air Force roundel:
With the outbreak of insurgency and secessionist movements, the Philippine Air Force repainted even fixed wing aircraft involved in counter insurgency operations to camouflages and/or fatigue. The Air Force Roundel is outlined in black on these aircraft.
I’m well aware of the sorry state of aircraft of the Philippine Air Force. I’m still wondering why the Transformers designers would base a marker for Decepticon aircraft on an ailing air force. I guess it’s just based on pure aesthetics; the PAF roundel does work well when modified for a Decepticon air force logo.
I’m really not so sure if I can put a “proud to be Pinoy” tag on this one. Just think of the irony…