Air Force paints planes black

5th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Royal Netherlands Air Force has decided to repaint its Pilatus PC-7 training aircraft black.

5 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Royal Netherlands Air Force has decided to repaint its Pilatus PC-7 training aircraft black.

The fleet is currently painted in a yellow-white scheme and this makes the aircraft difficult to identify in the air, a study by the TNO technical research centre in Delft found.

The Air Force put the first repainted PC-7 into operation on Friday. Within 12 months all of its 13 Swiss-made single-engine turboprop trainers will sport the new dark colours.

TNO said black was the best contrasting colour in the air. Most of Dutch military aircraft are painted grey-white, with come helicopters in camouflage green.

Britain's Royal Air Force has already painted all its training planes in dark colours.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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