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USAF Paints F-16 Jet With Russian Color Scheme For ‘Training Purposes’

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Nellis Air Force Base’s Facebook page published a video of a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Friday belonging to the 64th Aggressor Squadron in a new paint scheme that resembles Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter, reported The War Zone.

“A new adversary has arrived. The GHOST is here! Be afraid!,” Nellis Air Force Base Facebook said.

The new color scheme was chosen through a crowdsourced competition on the 57th Wing Commander Brigadier General Robert Novotny’s Facebook page, with followers submitting many sophisticated designs and voting on each one, ending with the winning design: a Russian stealth jet color scheme.

USAF Paints F-16 Jet With Russian Color Scheme For 'Training Purposes'

The Aggressors Squadrons F-16 copied paint schemes, markings, and insignias of the Sukhoi Su-57, a single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation stealth jet, flown by the Russian Air Force.

USAF Paints F-16 Jet With Russian Color Scheme For 'Training Purposes'

Here is the video of the F-16 being painted from beginning to end:

The GHOST is here!

A new adversary has arrived. The GHOST is here! Be afraid! 👻😱 #F16 #PaintTheViper #MiG #64AGRS #NellisAFB #FightsOn #AirPower

Posted by Nellis Air Force Base on Friday, May 17, 2019

The purpose of the redesigned color scheme for the F-16 is to start training American fighter pilots against Russian fifth-generation combat aircraft, and or even, China’s Chengdu J-20 or Shenyang FC-31. If the scheme works out, there could be more jets from the 64th Aggressor Squadron painted with Russian colors.

Photos emerged on a Turkish website Saturday of a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet belonging to Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12), a US Navy Reserve fighter squadron based in Virginia Beach, sporting the same Russian Su-57 color scheme.

USAF Paints F-16 Jet With Russian Color Scheme For 'Training Purposes'

The new Russian paint designs on American fighter jets shows just how serious military commanders are about training pilots to identify and engage fifth-generation fighter from Russia and or China.

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  • Barba_Papa

    The new Russian paint designs on American fighter jets shows just how serious military commanders are about training pilots to identify and engage fifth-generation fighter from Russia and or China.

    US Aggressor squadrons have ALWAYS painted their aircraft in the colors of the biggest opponents of the US. All the way back to their foundings during the Vietnam war. Nothing new under the sun here. This basically means nothing, it’s just business as usual. If anything I reckon these Aggressor pilots probably couldn’t wait to repaint their birds once they same the new scheme on the Su-57.

    If anything the RuAF should feel proud on how much better its camouflage makes the F-16 and F/A-18 look. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Not the set of Top Gun 2?

  • Gary Sellars

    They can put lipstick on a pig but its still a pig.

  • Rob

    Now its look like real junk. Painting a fighter jet is easy than real technology. LOL

  • Prince Teutonic

    Now they got a 5th gen out of 4th gen aircraft!

    • FlorianGeyer

      Its called a ‘One gallon overhaul’ ( quick spray job) in the second hand machinery trade :)

      • BMWA1

        It is Trump’s Russia collusion

    • World_Eye

      F-16 is a third generation fighter jet, not fourth, the fourth generation was the F-22 and fifth is the F-35.

  • Sukhoi

    US zionist warmongers trying to add to the psychological training factor for their soldiers of a potential war with Russia… and obviously for up close recognition
    otherwise there’s no point in painting those patterns on their planes since lots of air battles would be long range and beyond visual range

  • White_American_Patriot

    Yeah but the F-16 can actually fly, and actually exists.

    • Sinbad2

      In general, though a classic is any vehicle older than 15 years while an antique is more than 25 years old.

      That would make the F16 an antique, but it runs rings around the Sopwith Camel’s.

      • White_American_Patriot

        The Super advanced SU57 uses olive oil coating to avoid radar

        • World_Eye

          Yes it does, are you jealous about it that yours jet don’t have the same olives.

    • Mike

      Really last I heard the Su-57 has been flying the last decade in preparation for its production, try again you white trash yankee shit.

    • World_Eye

      Who said that cannot fly, F-16 are very sophisticated Jet, in which the US 85% of the regular Air-Force are using only them. F/A 18’s on the Navy and some others in between.
      What is that you want to state the F-16 can fly and actually exists.
      Is there counter to this that some Russian aircraft doesn’t fly or doesn’t exists. Are we talking about the Su-57 or what is your preference here?
      If you actually are not some kid to drag his empty brain cells here.
      Su-57 it is a 5 generation MP single seat, two engine Jet, and it is very fast in maneuvers, currently there is not single jet outside of Russia that can beat the SU-57 in a dog-fight. And of course a lot of job it is in the pilot hands. This jet beats your BEST F-16, and your Naval F-18. That F-35 bring cannot make a dog fight turn or barrel roll, it’s design to fly straight line and deliver a missile and exit as fast as it can, with it’s allegedly “STEALTH’ low observable technology.

      • White_American_Patriot

        SU57 doesn’t even exist lol. And it’s a fake 5th Gen because it’s stealth is crap

        F22 would destroy this fake jet if it ever becomes produced

        • World_Eye

          If ever becomes produced I have seen in it person over parade day on may 9th. It exists the 6th gen Mig is now in production but what you people have. Expensive piece of junk. Hah F-35. tell me why you people don’t fly your F–22s anymore. Hah. 3 times by now your 4th gen f-22 is been intercepted by Su-35 in Syria and followed in both cases and photographed by the Su-35 and the F-22 pilot was thinking that he is in the STEALTH mode and he never noticed that he was been followed by Su-35. Just go kill yourself people with your dumb junk of jets, You people have noting , well you do just have the F-16 and the F-A 18s. F-22 dead. F-35 imaginary.

          • White_American_Patriot

            F22 is the only real 5th gen on Earth. SU57 is a fake jet with Smokey engines and no stealth.

            Haha wow an F22 allowed an SU35 to take a picture of it from 10 feet away XD

            1 F22 could destroy 10 SU35’s at the same time easy
            Even the old F15 is 103-0 against Russian scrap metal

          • World_Eye

            Oh kid I really don’t have intentions to argue with you.
            Here there is one that you can check out.
            https://southfront.org/in-photos-russian-su-35s-intercepts-us-f-22a-raptor-in-syrian-airspace/

          • White_American_Patriot

            That’s not a pic of an F22

            Nice try, Russian planes get shot down in Syria every week lol

          • World_Eye

            sure

      • David Parker

        I understood him to mean that the F-35 is a piece of junk.

  • Sinbad2

    Lick-a Paint Lick-a Paint