AGM100
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Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:30 pm

In other sources as well a A-NET I have noticed the US Navy USMC appears to be changing from the low viz schemes. I saw a shot on CBS news the other night of a carrier in the gulf, the F-14's were painted up in squadron colors and looked great. Which do you like ? I love this shot of the 18 thanks Mr. Fulber!


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RE: Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:32 pm

What's the point of low-vis?

It sure as hell doesn't hide the planes from radar! I know about the whole silhouette bit, with how a gray plane blends in with a gray sky, but colorful tails shouldn't hurt that!
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RE: Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Sat Aug 14, 2004 12:15 am

I agree on the low viz , never did understand that. Maybe someone can expalin the logic of low viz.

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RE: Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Sat Aug 14, 2004 12:23 am

Just a clarification.. the USMC may be located under the Department of the Navy, but they're NOT part of the Navy! There is a very big distinction. You're sure to piss off any Marine if you label them as being part of the Navy... just an FYI.  Smile
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RE: Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Sat Aug 14, 2004 8:34 am

"..Maybe someone can expalin the logic of low viz.."

Reflections. Low vis limits reflections from the sun during a dogfight and at other times.
 
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RE: Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:09 pm

JeffM

Makes sense to me ,, it was too obvious I guess.
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RE: Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:18 pm

I agree on the low viz , never did understand that. Maybe someone can expalin the logic of low viz.

Even if you're radar picks a target up say 10 miles out, it is much harder to spot a grey dot against the horizon than it is a bright red or orange dot. Grey also reflects less light making it harder to see.
 
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RE: Paint Schemes US Military AC (New)

Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:01 am

Even with the increased use of colorful paint schemes, the finish is still a low-reflectance one. Not the high-gloss finishes of years past.
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