compound by washing with clear water. Dry surfaces
with high-pressure compressed air.
Measure reflectorizing sheeting, and cut
to desired lengths.
Start removal of protective paper liner
from adhesive by holding the tape reflective side in and
flick one corner sharply in toward reflective face. When
corner is loosened lay the reflective side of tape down
on smooth surface and jerk the paper liner off to half the
length of strip. Fold loosened paper liner.
· Apply only when equipment surface
activate adhesive lightly with a solvent
reflective tape manufacturer.
· The reflective tape cannot be subjected
to paint oven baking process.
Position on equipment and adhere one
edge with finger. Hold unapplied portion slightly away
from surface to prevent premature adhesion. Wipe tape
to surface with firm pressure, using a plastic squeegee.
Remove remaining liner and apply remainder of tape.
Any air bubbles should be pricked with pinpoint and air
worked out with squeegee.
Apply clear edge sealer, as recommended
by reflective type manufacturer, to edges of tape to
prolong life of marking.
Repair to damaged reflective areas can
be made without stripping of original sheet. Abrade any
rough edges, clean damaged area thoroughly and apply
a new piece of reflective tape over damaged area.
Checkered Flag Use. For all aircraft/airfield
support equipment which cannot be taped (i.e. tactical
vehicles, tractors, sweepers, occasional use vehicles,
etc.) will display a white-orange checkered flag
conforming to MIL-F-40047, NSN 8345-00-027-3704.
Flying the flag. The flag will be flown
while on the flight line or any area which aircraft may be
Mounting the flag. The flag shall be
mounted to facilitate easy removal when departing
airfield area or when entering into a tactical condition.
9-5. Marking. Ground support equipment has markings
on it in addition to refectorized tape. The following
paragraphs highlight and explain the markings.
General. Ground support equipment is required
to bear identification marking to the greatest extent
considered practical consistent with safe practice, types
and models, and the availability of the space required
for such marking.
Marking Requirements. Marking requirements
for ground support equipment are described in the
Ready-made markings. Pre-fabricated
plastic film symbols, letters, numbers and instructional
placards may be used in lieu of stencil paint. The
plastic film shall meet requirements of MIL-F-8799, with
an adhesive which will permit positioning of marking
without pre-adhesive, at temperatures up to 100 °F
paragraphs describe the types of markings.
· Letters and numbers shall be sharply
defined Gothic style conforming to
MILSTD-642 or as amended. Unless
otherwise specified, the size selected
shall be the largest size practical for
available space, consistent with good
appearance and visibility.
· The national symbol shall not be used
on equipment operated in CONUS.
National symbol. The national
symbol, which is a white, five-pointed star, may be
applied to ground support equipment operated by the
Department of the Army in overseas theaters by
direction of the theater commander concerned.
Letters and numerals. Gothic type
letters and numerals of 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch,
or 4 inch shall be used for marking.
Safety markings. Safety markings,
shall be applied to all ground support equipment where
necessary to prevent injury to personnel or damage to