KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11909 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2771 times:
It was the ADC grey color, with a yellow strip, IIRC. Some were also painted KC-135 grey (also called SAC grey) of the 1960s and 1970s (not the glossy grey that came later) and had yellow pontoons. The last USAF HU-16 retired around 1974, or so. I was assigned to Plattsburgh AFB, NY at the time and we would see her when we deployed to Goose Bay AFB in Canada. She made a stop at P'Burgh for a day or so on her way to AMARC.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29520 posts, RR: 59 Reply 2, posted (7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2742 times:
I think you are good with either of those paints.
One thought to keep in mind is that no two batches of paint will be the same color, especially back then before you had computer matching.
You could look down a flight line and see 16 different shades of the same color! Plus factor in parking it n the weather and sun and you have a multitude to choose from.
I would suggest finding out what units where chose to where your albatross flew from. If they where in ADC country they may have used the ADC grey since that is what everybody else around them would have been spraying.min SAC country go with the SAC grey. Lighten up to account for the effects of parking in the sun. A plane parked in mine isnt going to fade as much as one in West Texas.
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HH65MAN From Australia, joined Feb 2013, 63 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
Hey you two, thanks for the info. In able to increase my odds of finding out the correct colour I fired off a Email to the Pima Air Museum. Just a couple of days ago a curator replied back. He also said most were painted in the ADC grey scheme. A model of the venerable HU-16 has been released in 1/48 scale. Which I soon hope to be building. Thanks for your help. Cheers. Dugy