FAST FIVE: USAF Paints F-16 Jet With Russian Color Scheme For 'Training Purposes'
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.
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.
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.
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.