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Yesterday marked 72 years since the first flight of the Boeing YB-52 Stratofortress. Amazingly, the B-52H is still in service today and a B-52J with upgraded engines is under development.
As impressive is the longevity of the C-130. It first flew a couple of years later than the B-52 but note that C-130s are still coming off the production line almost 70 years later!
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During the 1966 Vietnam War deployment of the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63), a number of aircraft in the air wing were given camouflage paint jobs on upper surfaces that would normally be gull gray. I believe I've posted at least one previous example.

Here's another: A North American RA-5C Vigilante recon aircraft of RVAH-13 on the deck of the Kitty Hawk. Hard to see, yes?
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During the 1966 Vietnam War deployment of the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63), a number of aircraft in the air wing were given camouflage paint jobs on upper surfaces that would normally be gull gray. I believe I've posted at least one previous example.

Here's another: A North American RA-5C Vigilante recon aircraft of RVAH-13 on the deck of the Kitty Hawk. Hard to see, yes?
At first glance, I thought it was a pre-production/prototype F-111 as the B-Model (which never made it to production) was designed to be carrier based.

In fact, I had to do a little digging to make sure it wasn't.

Here's an interesting read about how the Navy killed the F-111B, resulting (sort of) in their acquiring the F-14.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/air-s...b-1-180969916/

Top Gun could have been a little different without the Turkey in it!

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