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October 27, 2012 9:38 PM   Subscribe

A bunch of fighter aircraft, real and imagined, with alternate paintschemes.
posted by not_that_epiphanius (19 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
these are flat out awesome.

As long as we're talking aircraft paintjobs, though, have you ever seen my Bristol F2B? (action shot) (you get ten bonus points if you recognize the picture)
posted by rebent at 9:51 PM on October 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


dazzle camouflage?
posted by porpoise at 9:57 PM on October 27, 2012


ah, I found it. It's Earthquake, 1979 by by Shigeru Komatsuzaki
posted by rebent at 10:29 PM on October 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of Ted Nomura's Tigers of Terra comic series, which was largely an excuse to do ultra-detailed technical drawings of fighter planes, old and new, in various countries' paint schemes.
posted by jiawen at 10:43 PM on October 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Heh. Blue Angel Su 27 - that'd be quite a show.
posted by Artw at 10:58 PM on October 27, 2012


Part 43: Eurofighter Typhoon of the Canadian Air Force.

Has the excellent generic text "Canada" in the instantly recognizable bland bureaucratic Canadian font.
posted by ovvl at 12:11 AM on October 28, 2012


Heh. Blue Angel Su 27 - that'd be quite a show.
posted by Artw


Maybe, but I'll never forget those Blue Angel A4s doing test runs past the battery in Charleston, SC. So, so close to the river. Crazy stuff.
posted by blaneyphoto at 12:18 AM on October 28, 2012


Wow, that's truly a labor of love. I know I'm not supposed to enjoy war toys but those would be a treat to own. I'm not sure my partner or my workmates would be able to put up with me running around making machine gun noises during highly contested dogfights though. I also learned three valuable things from this post:

1. The Germans of WWI had the BEST palette and design schemes ever. I'm particularly fond of those hexagon patterns.

2. We need to cease all F-16 sales to the Vatican City posthaste.

3. I need to enlist in the Turkish Air Force immediately, just to qualify for this paint scheme.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 12:29 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sorry US

But the Russians shit on you in jet fighter aesthetics.

The Germans of WWI had the BEST palette and design schemes ever. I'm particularly fond of those hexagon patterns.


No, the US did when they started painting thunderbolts and mustangs silver and not giving a shit about camouflage
posted by the noob at 12:55 AM on October 28, 2012


They missed the Israeli Messerschmitt 109. That was not a fantasy though.
posted by elgilito at 3:11 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Do all CIA aircraft have Playboy bunnies on them?
posted by Pyrogenesis at 4:56 AM on October 28, 2012


No, the US did when they started painting thunderbolts and mustangs silver and not giving a shit about camouflage

That wasn't paint. It was the bare aluminum metal. Especially as the allies gained air superiority, it was determined that camouflaging aircraft didn't really help anything, especially with bombers. When flying, the contrails would point straight to the planes anyway. And, the weight savings by leaving the planes unpainted meant they flew just a bit faster.

As for these illustrations...Fantastic stuff. Great bit of whimsy.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:20 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]



Heh. Blue Angel Su 27 - that'd be quite a show.
posted by Artw

Maybe, but I'll never forget those Blue Angel A4s doing test runs past the battery in Charleston, SC. So, so close to the river. Crazy stuff.


My uncle's dad lived in Pensacola where the Blue Angels home NAS is. He had commanded a B-52, an airbase and retired a full-bird Air Force Colonel. Somehow the Blue Angels found out he lived there and found out where his house was. Every morning training run then began with a low run over his house. That's interservice rivalry for you.
posted by Ironmouth at 7:32 AM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


RCAF 2011 CF-18 demo jet paint scheme. Complete gallery.
posted by yqxnflld at 8:18 AM on October 28, 2012


By "alternative" I was expecting F-16s with Hello Kitty paint jobs.

Oh well.
posted by ambivalentic at 1:36 PM on October 28, 2012


All will fall before the mighty Sanrio air force!
posted by Artw at 1:38 PM on October 28, 2012


The Hello Kitty destroyer of worlds cruise missile.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:24 PM on October 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Times have changed. Used to be:

If it was weird, it was French
If it was ugly, it was British
If it was weird AND ugly, it was Russian.
posted by Thistledown at 4:09 PM on October 28, 2012


RCAF 2011 CF-18 demo jet paint scheme.

Any single aircraft with the dreaded "Government of Canada" font painted on its fuselage is worth an entire squadron for the sheer terror it evokes.
posted by ovvl at 5:08 PM on October 31, 2012


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