U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot 185th ARW PA
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is arguably the world’s most reliable fighter jet. For over 40 years this fighter has earned its place in aerial combat history but scoring victories one after another. Now one very lucky F-16 just got a makeover to look more like a plane that secured its place in aerial combat history during WWII, the P-47 Thunderbolt.
The Texas National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing gave one of their F-16s a classic look in honor the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force. There is a good reason to go with the paint job, the 149th Fighter Wing has a bit of history with the P-47 Thunderbolt. During WWII, the 149th Fighter Wing flew P-47s in a group called the “Thunder Bums.”
This new look was no easy task, the Air National Guard has an entire facility inSioux City, Iowa that caters to making planes look this good. If you want to see the process just check out the video clip in this link.