Just found this, old photo
The yellow tint is actually a gold film designed to reduce the radar cross-section by shielding the pilot from radar beams.Quick test fit of the canopy, now I think i read that the European MLU F-16 fleet are doing away with the yellow tinted canopies and going back to clear?
Is this correct - I have seen a few pictures with Vipers showing a clear front canopy with the yellow tinted rear?
Canopy needs polishing up yet, its full of scratches at this point in time.
I remember that!Ground crew playing with the trigger I think on loaded for bear QRA jet ?
Bit like the RAF Phantom that shot down a Jag with a sidewinder whilst playing over Germany.
on May 25, 1982 RAF Phantom was scrambled to perform training missions in the low flying areas.fighterjetsworld.com
The yellow tint is actually a gold film designed to reduce the radar cross-section by shielding the pilot from radar beams.
Where did you read that clear canopies are replacing the filmed ones, please?
Have you got decals for J-225? That one nearly wrote-off three Gazelles, two FFR Land Rovers and a Bedford MK bowser after sucking-up a duck over SLTA in '83.
That’s brilliant mate, I’m not firm yet on the decals for my build so it pretty much fluid at the moment but 313 Sqn fits the timeframe albeit mine will be much later in it’s service life.Most of 313's aircraft were Block 15s and then there are subdivisions in that mix as well. When they received their mid life crisis upgrade they were upped to Block 20 MLUs. Do you have the S/N or build number of the one you're looking to build?
The gold tinted canopies were intended to reduce the radar XC of the bird as well as offer radiation protection similar to the Prowler EA-6B. Thecoating was on the inside and complete bugger to keep clean. Only water was allowed. It was also fragile; catching your watch on it did not make for happy crew chief. When HaveGlass came along a new coating was introduced as one of the many changes in the program. It has a greyer tint rather than the gold. That's why you see some with a gold tinted rear section. It only gets changed out when it's up for replacement.