F-16s depart for NATO Tiger meet with special color scheme that has almost vanished after landing

Jun 21 2013 - 4 Comments
By Jacek Siminski

Following The Aviationist’s first post on the Polish Air Force Special Colored F-16s that were to attend the NATO Tiger Meet in Norway, there were rumors that the aircraft from Krzesiny AB had not landed at Orland airbase.

Indeed, someone who was spotting over there did not see one or both of the Tigerish F-16s from Poland.

Well, the mystery has been solved.

Here’s a photo that is confirming that both planes actually arrived in Norway (the very same aircraft). But they were somehow different from departure as the Tiger overlay did not make it, as it was peeled off the aircraft.

It is the peculiar nature of the F-16 paint job that does not let use another layer of liquid coating on the fuselage.

 

Image credit: NATO Tiger Meet Air Show

BTW: please note the crew chief pumping muscles next to the planes…

You can compare the above image with the one we posted yesterday:

F-16 POAF Special

Image Credit: Polish Press Agency

This is not the first an aircraft loses its special paint job in flight, but the majority of these episodes took place several years ago, when the F-16 characteristic’s haze paint scheme was not very well known.

Being among the last operators of the Viper, maybe the Polish Air Force still has to learn the proper kind of paint that must be used for special colored F-16s.

Written with David Cenciotti

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  • łajka

    jak zwykle polak potrafi!

  • Howard

    Just got back from Tiger meet in Orland. The starboard side looked ok but the port side looked a bit second hand!!

    • Jacek Siminski

      Now this is sad.

      • Howard

        Very much so, it looked fabulous on the port side. I had a chat with the Polish crews and they were all very friendly and in good spirits though.