Naval Aircraft Get Extreme Makeovers

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in "Hangar Flying" | 0 comments

With EAA AirVenture being a designated Tier 1 event for the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration next year, get ready for a host of special appearances and activities in Oshkosh next July. While many initiatives have yet to be announced, one special treat is confirmed and well underway: re-painting several current inventory airplanes in colors from previous eras.

It’s all part of our outreach to help celebrate the centennial of naval aviation,” said Capt. Richard Dann, Director of History and Outreach for the centennial. “We’re attempting to teach about the heritage, which many people may not be aware of.

Examples of already completed aircraft include a pair of T-45 Goshawks painted in yellow-winged, pre-World War II tactical aircraft schemes; an S-3B Viking done up in the colors of naval airplanes that fought in the Battle of Midway; an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter painted like those of Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE (HAL-3) Seawolf fire teams from the Vietnam era; and an F/A-18F with a truly unique scheme modeled after the current Navy Working Uniform.

These aircraft “in every manner of heritage paint” will take part in designated Tier 1 events – including AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 – that will celebrate the naval aviation centennial, Dann said. Although he could not commit to which airplanes would be participating at Oshkosh, he indicated that several of the approximately 26 aircraft will appear.

AirVenture 2011 should be spectacular this year with the 100 Annivesary Celebration of the Navy. For more information follow the link above.

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