After publishing the first images of the F-15C 78-0509/WA-09 of the 65th AGRS (Aggressor Squadron) in a “splinter” camouflage at Red Flag 12-2, many have asked what country’s color scheme the new Nellis Eagle replicates.
Although, it’s not a perfect copy, the scheme seems to be inspired to that of the Sukhoi Su-35S, Russia’s future supermaneuverable multirole combat plane.
Even the PAK-FA color scheme has something in common with the Nellis Aggressor’s splinter paint.
“The jets you’re flying against are smaller and faster, just like the enemy MiGs.”
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Better not make it a perfect copy, or Russia might use ACTA to stop Boeing from exporting any more Eagles! ;D