Airmen look at an F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron, with its new paint scheme in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird hangar at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 5, 2016. The one of the kind “splinter” scheme is one of two different paint schemes that will be introduced in the coming months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)
Air Force Times: Air Force Aggressor F-16s painted to look more like real-world threats
F-16s from the 64th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, have debuted a new color pattern aimed at replicating real-world threats during training for fighter pilots.
The Fighting Falcons' new color scheme — “splintered” white and blue, with a red nose — is a means of "representing threats more accurately,” said Capt. Ken Spiro, the 64th Aggressor Squadron intelligence chief, in a news release. “There are real-world threats that paint their jets in this way, so we are changing over to make it more physically like their aircraft.”
“The idea started at the 64th AGRS because we’re always looking for different ways to be more threat representative, and make the training more realistic,” Spiro said. “The 64th AGRS gets creative in extra ways, such as paint schemes to accurately and better represent threats. We act like, look like, or anything you can think of, we try so we can be true to the threats.”
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Update: Aggressor’s new paint scheme resembles real-world threats (US Air Force)