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Atomic_Marten
04-20-2005, 06:10 AM
I have came up to conclusion that I never really ask myself about yellow paint on Italian and German airplanes ('till almost end of war, great ammount of them had some parts of fuselage and wingtips painted in yellow).

Anyone knows why do they painted 'em in yellow? http://acompletewasteofspace.com/forum/images/smiles/stupid.gif

3.JG51_BigBear
04-20-2005, 06:54 AM
Same reason they painted white and black d-day stripes on the invasion aircraft and why the P-51s always had single black or white stripes on their wings and orizontal stabilizers: quick aerial identification.

Zyzbot
04-20-2005, 06:57 AM
Scroll down and you'll find an explanation of markings and colors for German aircraft:

http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/markings.html

FlatSpinMan
04-20-2005, 07:19 AM
Identification has to be it.
However,it does make all the trouble the Germans went through with their camouflage schemes seem a trifle redundant. You know, painstakingly design a scheme that disrupts the outline of a plane and then paint a good one-third of it bright yellow.

There's no denying that their paintschemes look the sexiest though. I have downloaded dozens of them, even though I don't fly blue so much(mainly as most user-made campaigns are designed for the USAAF and RAF rather than out of politics or ideology)



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p1ngu666
04-20-2005, 08:13 AM
they was aiming for the belly but their aim was so bad they missed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif
/trollingu

/me runs http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

JG53Frankyboy
04-20-2005, 08:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by FlatSpinMan:
Identification has to be it.
However,it does make all the trouble the Germans went through with their camouflage schemes seem a trifle redundant. You know, painstakingly design a scheme that disrupts the outline of a plane and then paint a good one-third of it bright yellow.

There's no denying that their paintschemes look the sexiest though. I have downloaded dozens of them, even though I don't fly blue so much(mainly as most user-made campaigns are designed for the USAAF and RAF rather than out of politics or ideology)



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well, it was the experience of the LW pilots that a fast IFF in the frightened inviroment of the BoB airwar ,where a lot of planes were around you climbing, diving and turning, was more important than camouflage.

after the first weeks of Barbarossa they were reduced again a lot. main importance were the yellow markings at the underside , so that the AAA gunners caould make a fast IFF http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

and btw, some units used white color, instead of yellow during BoB

ytareh
04-20-2005, 10:26 AM
Simple answer if youre asking what I think youre asking.....Yellow bands on Luftwaffe planes = Russian/Eastern Front and White bands= African Theatre of ops.Hope this helps.

Atomic_Marten
04-20-2005, 01:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ytareh:
Simple answer if youre asking what I think youre asking.....Yellow bands on Luftwaffe planes = Russian/Eastern Front and White bands= African Theatre of ops.Hope this helps. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, I was interested in that.. *but* if anyone knows background, why these particular colors were used? (like stripes on Mustang; why stripes exactly?)

This question may look stupid (lately I have too much free time http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif), but I was just curious, and also I have wonder if that (color) is chosen on random basis or is there some story behind that?

Dew-Claw
04-20-2005, 02:37 PM
My understanding of it is that colors were chosen with the field of operations + the availability of tints and chemicals used in producing the paint.
Some colors were harder to come by later in the war when factories were destroyed and imports trickled to a stop.

Zeus-cat
04-22-2005, 05:05 PM
This is only my opinion, but I think yellow is probably a good choice when flying over green (grass and trees). At long and moderate distances the yellow is probably difficult to see against the green. At close range (such as within gun range), the yellow is very visible.

Zeus-cat

PBNA-Boosher
04-22-2005, 08:38 PM
Jaundice, be sure.

civildog
04-22-2005, 09:55 PM
The big black and white invasion stripes and yellow wingtips under the wings were used for the ame reason *****in' Betty is a woman's voice instead of a man's: it's sufficiently unusual to the surrounding environment to make the person who might shoot at it look twice before pulling the trigger.

If you see a plane zoom by and catch that flash of yellow off the nose, tail, wingtips then even if you are distracted by everything else your brain will still stop and think "I remember something I was told about yellow on planes" or "Big B/W stripes mean something important."

Just like the air recognition markings on top of armor were big red, white, or yellow markings that made the tank jump out at a pilot in spite of it's otherwise drab camo.

It's interesting to note that once air dominance was achieved over Normandy and the push into France began the invasion stripes were actually ordered removed (they had been painted on with temporary paint just for the operation), but many units kept them because helped with AAA recognition when close supporting llied troops. But once air superiority was achieved Theater-wide then the stripes generally faded away from use by even the die-hard units that kept them.

They look natty though.