posted on Feb, 2 2005 @ 03:27 PM
I recall reading somewhere that a general somewhere insisted on a black sceme even though that is not an optimal night color.
Yep, I think they said pink was actually the best color, hehe, and the general said real men wouldn't be flying around in pretty pink planes,
Why wouldn't black be the best choice for night flying?
The human eye isn't a perfect visual processor. Apparently the studies showed otherwise...as far as black being best.
Even the paint though is part of the stealth system. What you're likely seeing is just the plane primed. They did this a lot with the blackbird and
the U-2 also. You'd be amazed at the amount of touchup needed after each test or mission to maintain optimum levels of stealth. Even the primer has
stealth characteristics of absorbtion. I'm not sure on this, but I seem to recall, even as far back as the U-2, of fairly regular stripping,
repriming, and then repainting of the planes, to ensure maximum stealth ratings.