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New F-16 Ghost paint scheme brings unique look to 64th AGRS

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet sits on the flight line.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet assigned to the 64th Aggressors Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit sits on the flightline at Nellis Air Force base, Nev., May 21, 2019. “I love this job, and I love what we do at Nellis Air Force Base, so I want to take any opportunity to boast about our fine men and women who do great work for their nation,” said Brig. Gen. Robert Novotny, 57th Wing commander. “Social Media gives me a chance to connect directly with the folks who have a similar passion for military aviation.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

Airmen stand around and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet as it gets towed into a corrosion shop.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) sits in the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 22, 2019. The 64th AGRS prepares U.S., allied, and partner nation aircrews for aerial combat with accurate and realistic threat replication training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

Two civilians sand the tail of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet.

Aircraft painters for Mission First (M1) assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Group sand the tail of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 1, 2019. While the entire aircraft is being sanded and removed of decals, older layers of paint and primer began to show throughout the process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

A civilian sprays paint on the bottom of a F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet.

Jesus Yanez, 57th Maintenance Group Mission First (M1) aircraft painter, sprays the underside of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 8, 2019. The paint scheme was chosen by a poll held on Brig. Gen. Robert Novotny’s, 57th Wing commander, Facebook page back in December of 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

A civilian wears a full mask respirator while standing for a photo.

Jesus Yanez, 57th Maintenance Group Mission First (M1) aircraft painter, works in the corrosion shop as an aircraft painter on Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nev., May 8, 2019. Yanez was active duty in the Air Force from 2003-2009 working on the B-2 Spirit bomber at Elmendorf AFB, Ala. and Whiteman AFB, Miss. until working in the sheet metal and the corrosion shops for the last 10 years of his active duty career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

A civilian pulls masking tape off of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet.

Peter Mossudo, 57th Maintenance Group Mission First (M1) aircraft painter, peels off masking from an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 8, 2019. After normal wear and tear on the outside of a F-16, older paint must be sanded off and repainted roughly every six years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

The number 20 and the 64th Aggressor Squadron emblem sit on the side of an F-16 Fight Falcon fighter jet.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) received new decals and stenciling inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 16, 2019. The 64th AGRS provides realistic training as the USAF’s professional adversaries, flying F-16 aircraft for Red Flag and Maple Flag exercises, USAF Weapons School syllabus support and priority test mission support. (U.S. Air Force phot by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

A civilian sprays paint onto the wing of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet

Jaime Valenzuela, 57th Maintenance Group Mission First (M1) aircraft painter, sprays a layer of paint on the wing of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 14, 2019. With a seven-man team on days and a six-man team on swings from M1, the jet was finished in just under one month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

A civilian peels off stencils from a sheet of paper.

Troy Blaschko, 57th Maintenance Group Mission First (M1) aircraft painter, peels off letters for the masking, inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 7, 2019. Blaschko received his Bachelor’s degree in graphic design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas after being stationed at Nellis from 1998 to 2002. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

A civilian places tape on  an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet.
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Troy Blaschko, 57th Maintenance Group Mission First (M1) aircraft painter, lays out painter’s tape on an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 16, 2019. Once an aircraft is towed into the corrosion shop, the aircraft must be masked, sanded, washed, primed, painted and stenciling applied to the aircraft for it to be completed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

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Peter Mossudo and Troy Blaschko, both 57th Maintenance Group Mission First (M1) aircraft painters, place masking for stenciling on an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet inside the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 16, 2019. The project started on April 22 once the F-16 was towed into the corrosion shop from Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU). (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

An Airman sits in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet.
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Senior Airman Rodolfo Aguayo-Santacruz, 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) crew chief, prepares to control an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet getting towed out of the corrosion shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 20, 2019. Through Total Force Integration, 926th Wing reservists are integrated into regular Air Force units, accomplishing the U.S. Warfare Center and 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing missions side by side with active duty Air Force personnel on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet takes off.
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The newly painted F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for its first flight as the “Ghost” at Nellis AFB, Nev., May 23, 2019. The Ghost paint scheme idea was generated from the 57th Wing commander’s social media account, looking for a fresh new look for the 64th Aggressors Squadron jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tabatha McCarthy)

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet made its initial flight after receiving the first U.S. Air Force “Ghost” paint scheme, May 23.

The design was chosen by a poll held by Brig. Gen. Robert Novotny, 57th Wing commander, on his social media account to add a new look to the 64th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS).

“I love this job, and I love what we do at Nellis Air Force Base, so I want to take any opportunity to boast about our fine men and women who do great work for their nation,” said Novotny. “Social Media gives me a chance to connect directly with the folks who have a similar passion for military aviation.”

Novotny decided to take a non-traditional route of determining a new paint scheme for the F-16. Facebook and Novotny’s followers would be the deciding factor for the new Ghost scheme.

Once the poll was concluded, the idea of the Ghost jet was handed off to the Mission First (M1) crew at the corrosion shop to make it a reality.

“We want a good product just like the commander does,” said Troy Blaschko, an aircraft painter with M1 assigned to the 57th Maintenance Group. “It means just as much to us as it does to the pilots and we’re really glad to be a part of it.”

M1 was tasked to take the idea from a two-dimensional graphic to a three-dimensional 20,300-pound fighter jet.

From there they had to mask, sand, wash, prime, paint and apply stencils to the aircraft for it to be completed.

The project started on April 22 once the F-16 was towed into the corrosion shop from Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU). With a seven-man team on days and a six-man team on swings for M1, the jet was finished in just under one month.

Once the jet was finished, it was towed back to Viper AMU and back in the hands of its crew chief.

“It’s quite an honor [being the crew chief for the first Air Force Ghost paint scheme],” said Master Sgt. Corey Cain, 926 AMXS dedicated crew chief. “Once I learned about the crowd sourcing for the paint scheme, I was very excited for it. I knew an aircraft was going to receive this paint job but when they said it was going to be my jet, I was pumped.”

Keep an eye out for a Ghost in the sky. It will surely be a daunting adversary for our Air Force and our allies.

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