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ED A-7 in Gull Grey over White by F16CrewChief ED A-7 in Gull Grey over White by F16CrewChief
A-7D 69-6191 assigned to the 6150 TS, 6512 TW, Air Force Flight Test Center, based at Edwards AFB seen on the transient line at Luke AFB.

Before the USAF got involved in Vietnam, the standard Navy Gull Grey over white scheme was adopted for corrosion prevention and to protect the acft from the effects of a nuclear blast (remember that the conventional doctrine at the time was that limited war could not happen because it would immediantly lead to nuclear exchange...).

The Century series of fighters in the natural metal scheme caused the USAF a lot of problems with major airframe corrosion, and you see late model F-100's and F-101C/ RF-101C's recieving grey paint on some hight corrosion areas such a the wings and belly areas. This led to the Gull Grey over white scheme.
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:iconnavjag:
Now that is cool - first time I've ever seen an Air Force A-7 painted in that scheme - the tail markings look cool as well!
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F16CrewChief Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you liked it! I liked the little A-7!
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:iconputrick:
Awesome! I thought you needed thick concrete and lead walls to shield yourself from nucler blast, but paint also works. :D
The picture is also nice. ;)
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F16CrewChief Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Actally many systems in the aircraft are hardened against the EMP/ RFI from a nuclear blast. Heat, light and the EMP are the biggest threats to an acft running away from the nuke they just lofted. That is why the toss the bomb, to gain some time while the weapon continues to climb after release. They have a chance to escape on a reciprocal heading and dive low so the ground clutter will disturb the wind shock wave from the initial blast.
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:iconputrick:
My father was told how to react when facing a nuclear blast in the military, but when I did my service they didnīt bother any more. I think they used a napalm mixture to simulate and nuclear explosion.
Word of the day, "reciprocal". :)
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F16CrewChief Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
180 degrees from your original heading. :)
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