The 64th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) at Nellis AFB, Nevada, recently repainted one of their F-16C Fighting Falcons in a new colour scheme – well, new to the F-16.
The scheme is known as ‘Splinter’, and had previously been seen on the aggressor F-15 Eagles of the 65th AGRS, until their retirement in 2015.
Like the F-15C above, F-16C 85-1418 is marked for the 57th Adversary Tactics Group (ATG), which comprises six aggressor squadrons who provide a coordinated Red force for exercises and deployments. These squadrons cover all the domains, with the 64th AGRS being the only one that operates aircraft.
The aircraft was unveiled at the 57th ATG Change of Command ceremony at Nellis on 5 August, which saw Colonel Samantha Weeks assume command from Col Gary Rose. Col Weeks is no stranger to Nellis or the F-16, having previously served as part of the Thunderbirds team. The aircraft carries Col Weeks’ name under the canopy, and was seen flying two days earlier.
There is a further scheme which is still in the design stage, known as ‘Shark’. Once this is unveiled the 64th’s aircraft will be sporting a total of seven different schemes.
Until a few years ago, the 64th’s aircraft were painted in only three different styles.
A few years ago, two new schemes appeared.
It will be interesting to see what ‘Shark’ looks like, when it makes an appearance!