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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby SpazSinbad » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:20 am

Our RAAFie Chappies will have an F-35A 'paint' facility at Willytown:
"Low Observability Refresh Facility. The proposed facility will facilitate the testing and painting of the surface finish of the aircraft." http://www.defence.gov.au/id/Air6000/Wi ... nWorks.asp
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby Dick » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:27 pm

TAIL STRIPE: Not allowed for F-35 aircraft.

Holy smokes - never realised the USAF F-35A are missing tail stripes... why would they desist from tail stripes surely they can do low viz or stealth variations unless there is some sensitive part of the coating on top of the tail??? What a pity...as it is long standing USAF tradition to have tail stripes!

The following article may be what I read and I really do hope the article is inaccurate as no squadron markings is so uninspiring for morale and modelling it is not funny! Interesting that it says the roundel is built in and not painted...but the marines changing markings in theatre suggests there is no issue in changing markings on the fuselage or tails so why would the Brits not apply tail or squadron markings????

RAF Dambusters squadron loses its red, white and blue logo to stay stealthy in new £150m fighter jets

The RAF's new 617 squadron's F-35B Lightning II planes will have a new roundel, called a 'grey doughnut' on the side of each aircraft, in a move to appear less obvious in the sky.

'The Dambusters were formed nearly 75 years ago for a very special purpose, to bring cutting-edge technology into service for a very special mission,' said Wing Commander John Butcher, commanding the new team.
'And for me I can see a lot of parallels with what we are being asked to do now.'
The roundel won't be painted, but built in.

'The name of the game is stealth, so these aircraft will carry no squadron markings at all – just the grey roundel which will identify it as British,' said an RAF source last night.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z59meAb9bK
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Re: F-35 Overall Paint Scheme Changing Soon

Postby SpazSinbad » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:05 pm

It seems 'only the Brits' will have no squadron markings - so best go to a Brit Forum to ask why there (the answer is in the article anyway but you need to know 'why' - "stealth" is not good enough eh). And yes ALL US F-35s appear to have maintainer names on nosewheel door with pilot name under canopy left side (probably exceptions) with some with/without markings of different kinds on the tail. Why is the world not flat? A credible F-35 maintainer has said: "I can confirm that unit markings are applied at the factory (paint). Names are applied by the unit (stencils)".
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