The following is an extract from “A portrait of Military Aviation in Southern Africa" by Ron Belling:
Junkers Ju 86
After conversion to patrol bombers, the coastal Ju 86s retained their SAA paintwork, originally applied in Germany. This was the official German finish for both military and civil aircraft, chosen to replace Silver from 1935. The colour – a pale Grey – had a slight green cast. The SAA Cerullean Blue trim, including the engine nacelles, was retained, as were the three civil registration letters to identify aircraft. SAAF roundels were applied to the fuselage (covering the ‘ZS-‘) and wings, but there were no fin flashes.