OK, we've all heard about how the D-Day invasion stripes were
hand/brush painted, so shouldn't be perfect, tho most of them on
models & real warbirds today are perfect, but what about the black &
white ID stripes seen on RN Sea Furys & Fireflys, etc? Or the yellow &
black ones seen on French Corsairs & the like? Should they be perfect?
Were they applied in a hurry?
Korean War--applied on the carrier
Or the yellow &
Should they be perfect?
They were done to a limited number of AC in closed hangers--by Navy men, who
seem to be a bit more precise/anal than air force.
If I remember correctly, the black-and-white invasion stripes were done
at the very last moment, for security reasons. The yellow-and-black
stripes were applied to all Israeli, French and British planes involved
in Operation Musketeer in 1956 - the attempt to overthrow Egyptian
president Nasser and conquer the Suez Canal. That operation was planned
and executed in very short time and also in secrecy (although Nasser -
and the CIA- were well aware of the military build-up.) I expect that
those stripes were done in haste as well.
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