This ex-French colony gained its Independence as Upper Volta in 1960. The Upper Volta Air Force was formed in 1964 and changed its name, with that of the country, to the Air Force of Burkina Faso in 1984. Before 1984 the national colours were red, white and black, but have since been changed to the pan-African colours of red, yellow and green. For a time Burkina Faso's military aircraft continued to carry the colours of Upper Volta, but a roundel based on the current flag has since been adopted. This is red over green, split horizontally, with a yellow star.