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charshep
07-30-2005, 03:05 PM
I was wondering why USN/USMC changed the colors of their F6Fs and Corsairs from light blue and white to dark blue (almost black) towards the end of the war. I was also wondering why all US air forces changed their insignia from two stars (one on each wing top and bottom) to just the one star on each wing.

VF-17_Jolly
07-30-2005, 04:11 PM
The US-Navy officaly removed the upper-starboard and lower-port national insignia from the 1st Feb 1943 following a BuAer directive

US Markings (https://wrc.navair-rdte.navy.mil/warfighter_enc/History/misc/markings/markings.htm)

The dark colour scheme is called Glossy Sea Blue
was introduced in June 1944 although many aircraft retained the three colour paint job

The markings and camo just evolved and the single colour was quicker to put on and cheaper

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stansdds
07-31-2005, 05:50 AM
I think the glossy paint was also a little more durable in the harsh pacific. The matte paints tended to fade faster than the dark glossy sea blue.

The USAAF ceased painting planes because it was cheaper and the removal of the paint decreased the weight of the aircraft and slightly improved performance.

han freak solo
07-31-2005, 03:44 PM
Originally posted by stansdds:
The USAAF ceased painting planes because it was cheaper and the removal of the paint decreased the weight of the aircraft and slightly improved performance.

That's exactly what my grandfather said about the the planes he flew, such as the C-87.