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F-16 Fighting Falcon - ANG Painting Facility

When representatives of the Royal
Netherlands Air Force went looking for a cost effective way to paint
some of their fighter aircraft, they found not only a solution at the
Air National Guard Paint Facility, but ended up with a work of art.
Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot tells about the first international
Aircraft that was recently finished at the Air National Guard Paint
facility in Sioux City, Iowa. Tucked away at the end of the air field of
the 185th Air National Guard Base in Sioux City, Iowa the Air National
Guard's aircraft paint facility has been painting small fighter aircraft
for a little more than a decade now. The F-16 they are rolling out
today may look ordinary at first glance but it is the first
international aircraft to be painted here. Font Hit: Dave Miller
National Guard Paint Facility Manager The thing that makes it unique is
that is it's an international job, it's a good start for our facility in
terms of providing additional services not just for guard aircraft but
to international aircraft and potentially to the regular air force. This
F-16, from the Royal Netherlands Air Force 148th Fighter Squadron, is
temporarily stationed at the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona National
Guard as part of the F-16 Falcon Pilot training program in Tucson. A
little more than two weeks ago this F-16 arrived in Sioux City a little
worse for the ware. Lt Col Maurice Schomk (Shunk) is the detachment
commander for the 148th. FONT Hit: Lt. Col. Maurice Schomk Detachment
Commander Royal Netherlands Air Force So we brought it in here and I saw
those faces and they were like, wow what are we going to make out of
this? And now coming back here it looks like a brand new jet. FONT: MSgt
Vincent De Groot 185th ARW Public Affairs The most feared enemy of all
fighter aircraft are corrosion and decay, the technicians here at the
paint facility see these natural process first hand. So, while the
fighter jet looks much better when it's done it is also significantly
prolongs the life of the aircraft. The main painting process done here
is called Scuff, Sand and Paint. This method allows a quick turn around
and costs roughly a third of what it would cost to strip the entire
aircraft; Maj Jos Oudshoorn (Yos Outshoorn) is the maintenance commander
for the 148th. FONT Hit: Major Jos Oudshoorn Maintenance Commander
Royal Netherlands Air Force Amazing, I am really happy to see the end
product, this will keep the jets in good shape for the next years to
come. The Netherlands Air Force has several aircraft in Tucson and plans
to paint their remaining aircraft here in Sioux City over the next
several months. At the Air National Guard base in Sioux City.


Added: Feb-27-2012 
By: rokafly
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Tags: F16, USAF
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