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Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?

Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:41 am

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..

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RE: Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?

Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:54 am

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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RE: Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?

Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:34 am

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.

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RE: Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?

Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:22 am

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.

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RE: Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?

Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:05 pm

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

LOL, uh huh.
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RE: Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?

Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:23 pm

I would think the best color to paint an aircraft is... sky blue
 
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RE: Usaf Paints All Parts Of The Wings?

Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:09 pm

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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