Posted below is a little hint of things to come on the NAS Oceana apron. VFC-12 is painting one of their A+ Hornets up in splinter camouflage, similar to what has been seen flying on the latest Russian built Sukhoi SU-35s and T-50s. Currently a single USAF F-15C, belonging to the 65th AGRS based at Nellis AFB, is painted up in a blue, white and grey version of the “splinter” scheme. The CO of that squadron said they painted the jet to model the new SU-35 Terminator’s camouflage style directly. Depending on how things shuffle out with the 65th AGRS merging with the 64th AGRS we may see more F-15s in splinter colors in the future.
Although 65th AGRS’s “Splinter” F-15 is a pretty awesome-looking machine, it is not that true to the current color palette coming out of Russia. It looks as if the “Fighting Omars” (VFC-12’s squadron name) are going to get it right if they stick to the grey shades and white highlights seen in the pictures below. One thing is for certain, aggressor fans and aviation photographers from around the world are going to have a new “must capture” for their summer shooting list!
Omar Hornet in the paint barn @ Oceana getting the “Splinter” treatment:
65th AGRS F-15C wearing it’s blue tone “splinter” duds:
The latest Russian fighters, the 4.5 generation SU-35 and the 5th generation T-50:
A big thanks to “SlimOne” for sharing!