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Photo Essay: SO Many Amazing Special F-16 Paint Schemes

These Special Paint Jobs Grab The Eye And Tell Some Great Stories Too

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We’re focusing on United States Air Force (USAF), Air Force Reserve (AFRES or AFRC) and Air National Guard (ANG)-owned F-16 Vipers wearing schemes that encompass most or all of their surface area in this piece. Another piece coming soon will feature distinctive tail feathers.

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93rd Fighter Squadron (FS) Makos 482nd Fighter Wing (FW) Air Force Reserve Command (AFRES or AFRC) F-16C Block 30 Viper 87-0247 painted in a commemorative scheme for the 25th anniversary of the Wing in 2014. This Viper had previously flown with squadrons based at Torrejon in Spain, Ramstein in Germany, and Hill AFB in Utah before serving with the Makos.

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302nd FS Sun Devils 477th FW AFRES F-16C Block 32D Viper 86-0291 shown painted during 1997 in a special scheme commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Tuskeegee Airmen. The 302nd was an original Tuskeegee Airmen unit. Named By ReQuest, this jet served with the 64th Aggressor Squadron after 2006.

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111th FS Ace In The Hole 147th FW Texas Air National Guard (ANG) F-16C Block 25F Viper 84-0393 wore this memorable paint scheme during 2007 for the 90th anniversary of the 111th FS. Elements from every aircraft flown by the 111th were incorporated into the scheme. They fly drones now. 84-0393 had previously served at Haan Air Base in Germany and with the 113th FS Racers 181st FW Indiana ANG. The jet is now preserved at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas wearing (unfortunately) its original 111th FS air defense gray scheme.

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120th FS Mile High Militia 140th FW Colorado ANG F-16C Block 30E Viper 86-0368 depicted during 2006 wearing a paint scheme commemorating the 50th anniversary of the only ANG flight demonstration team- The North American F-86 Sabre-flying Minutemen of the Colorado ANG.

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162nd FS Sabers 178th FW Ohio ANG F-16C Block 30 Viper 86-0364 was painted in a special scheme incorporating elements from Old Crow, the famous North American P-51D Mustang from World War II to commemorate the 162nd FS prior to their shift to drone operations in 2010. This jet was subsequently flown by the 120th FS Mile High Militia 140th FW Colorado ANG.

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163rd FS Blacksnakes 122nd FW Indiana ANG F-16C Block 25 Viper 84-1264 painted in a striking scheme during 2008 to commemorate the 358th FG Orangetails and their service flying Republic P-47 Thunderbolts during World War II. This aircraft is now owned by the National Museum of the USAF and is on loan preserved at the Air National Guard Base (ANGB) at Fort Wayne in Indiana.

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182nd FS Lone Star Gunfighters 149th FW Texas ANG F-16C Block 30 Viper 87-0255 depicted during taxying at Kelly Field Annex in Texas during 2011 wearing special Texas State flag colors for their 65th anniversary scheme.

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182nd FS Lone Star Gunfighters 149th FW Texas ANG F-16C Block 30E Viper 86-0321 photographed in 2017 wearing a beautiful 70th anniversary commemorative scheme honoring the 396th FS Thunder Bums Republic P-47D Thunderbolt paint scheme from 1944.This jet had previously flown with the 186th FS Vigilantes 120th FW Montana ANG and the 134th FS Green Mountain Boys 158th FW Vermont ANG.

Official US Air Force Photograph

There are several more F-16s that have been painted in special schemes but there are no available high-quality public domain photographs of them. Even when properly attributed we know how touchy photographers can be about their property so we’re not going to post any privately owned pics of these jets on our site…but you can certainly enjoy the links to several more colorful commemorative F-16s below.

93rd FS Makos 482nd FW AFRES F-16C Block 30K Viper 88-0404 painted as a striking full color mako shark in 2016. Jet previously served with the famous 35th FS Pantons of the 8th FW Wolf Packhttp://sandrermakoff.livejournal.com/1053650.html

174th FS Bats 185th FW Iowa ANG F-16C Block 30B Viper 85-1565 Painted in all gold as the Pride of Siouxland for the 50th anniversary of the Iowa ANG in 1996. This jet subsequently served with the 138th FS Cobras 174th FW New York ANG before going into storage at AMARG in 2010. http://www.f-16.net/g3/f-16-photos/album38/album68/85-1565

149th FS Eagles 192nd FW Virginia ANG F-16C Block 30 Viper 86-0244 painted in special markings for summer 2000 as North American P-51D Mustang 44-14906, Major George Preddy’s famous Cripes A Mighty. This aircraft subsequently flew with 457th FS Spads 301st Operations Group (OG) AFRES in Texas. The 149th FS now flies the Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor. http://www.f-16.net/g3/f-16-photos/album38/album68/axm

16th Weapons Squadron Tomahawks / Fighter Weapons School (FWS) F-16C Block 52 Viper 91-0362 wears the yellow and black checked “taxi cab” paint scheme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the USAF Fighter Weapons School in 1993. The jet remained in service with the FWS but lost the colorful scheme. http://www.f-16.net/g3/f-16-photos/album38/album64/91-0362_003

134th FS Green Mountain Boys 158th FW Vermont ANG F-16A Block 10 Viper 79-0357 wearing a highly patriotic scheme composed of computer-designed stickers while used by the 158th Wing for traveling display purposes during 2000. The jet previously served with the 148th FS Kicking Ass 162nd FW Arizona ANG. Jet is now preserved at Camp Johnson State Guard Base in Vermont wearing an air defense grey scheme.  http://www.f-16.net/g3/f-16-photos/album38/album68/aca

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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