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Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?  
User currently offlineLASoctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

I mean like, slats, flaps, spoilers. I was looking at this photo:

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and noticed the slats were painted..
EDIT: Matter of fact, it seems like every visible piece is painted..

[Edited 2010-07-14 22:43:15]


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

If you notice, the aircraft is painted Tactical Grey, the purpose of which is to subdue the aircraft in both daylight and nighttime...if you missed a part or two, you risk creating a contrast point, thus making you visible  

It seems like many USAF aircraft became Tactical Grey around the time of Desert Storm, and never went back   Before that, stateside (non-fighter) aircraft tended to wear the classical USAF colors-light grey on the bottom, white on top, yellow cheat line, with the stars and bars in color (and all paint was glossy). Aircraft stationed in Europe tended to get green camoflage, and sometimes stateside transports would get camo schemes for war game exercises.



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

I was watching a Discovery program on this, and an AirForce guy came on and said the most appropriate color to subdue the aircraft is a strange pink-peach color. But he laughed and said it probably wouldn't look that great.

UAL


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15749 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 2):
I was watching a Discovery program on this, and an AirForce guy came on and said the most appropriate color to subdue the aircraft is a strange pink-peach color.

I've heard that that color was proposed for the F-117, but was nixed since it was pink. Call it a casualty of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

[Edited 2010-07-16 03:23:16]


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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 3):
Call it a casualty of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

LOL, uh huh.


User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

I would think the best color to paint an aircraft is... sky blue

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Quoting 413X3 (Reply 5):
I would think the best color to paint an aircraft is... sky blue

Not at night or in cloudy conditions. Besides, you would stick out like a sore thumb if seen from above.



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