‘ MiG Killer’ F-16 D Has Been Given A New Retro Camouflage Color Scheme
The airplane that scored the very first aerial triumph by an American F-16 in addition to the very first kill for the AIM-120 AMRAAM, now sports a desert brown color design.
The F-16 D Block 42 #90-0778 is a quite popular airplane: on Dec. 27, 1992, throughout Operation Southern Watch (OSW), utilizing callsign “BENJI 41” and zipped Capt. Gary “Nordo” North, this two-seater Fighting Falcon designated to the 19 th FS (Fighter Squadron) however on loan to the 33 rd FS released to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, from Shaw Air Force Base, North Carolina, shot down an Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat E jet that had actually flown south of the 33 rd parallel, getting in the NFZ (No Fly Zone) imposed following the United Nations Security Council Resolution 688, embraced on Apr. 5, 1991.
That eliminate significant the very first by a U.S. F-16 in addition to the very first attained utilizing an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) “Slammer”.
A MiG-25 eliminate marking was put on the left side simply listed below the canopy frame of #90-0778 that sported the conventional two-tone gray color pattern of all the U.S. Air Force “Vipers” (the F-16’s label) at the time of the aerial engagement.
The really exact same airplane, presently in service with the 310 th FS at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, has actually just recently been offered an entirely brand-new paint plan as the images in this post, sent us by our pal Thomas “ Taj” Backus, program. The brand-new livery appears to be based upon the “chocolate chip cookie” pattern, a kind of speculative desert color design that was used to the F-16 C Block 25 #84-1212 in December 1990, throughout Operation Desert Shield, as the airplane, designated to the 33 rd TFS (Tactical Fighter Squadron), from Shaw AFB, and released to Al Dhafra AB, UAE.
According to some sources, the F-16 C flew with the speculative color design for simply one week: the desert livery made the jet challenging to find, increasing the danger of mid-airs and looked like the one utilized by the Israeli Air Force Vipers. For these factors, it was rapidly dropped. Till today: the old speculative camouflage has actually been” restored” and utilized on a MiG-killer airframe with markings that commemorate the Dec.27,1992 downing throughout Operation Southern Watch.
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