Dutch 315Sq ventral fin art

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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 23:51

Hi guys,

As a former crewchief with the RNLAF 315 Sq in 1987-1989, I designed and applied a number of ventral fin arts for crewmates.

Sadly however, I do not have pictures of all of these, and memory is starting to fail me on the tailnumbers. I hope that some of you have pictures of these shortlived fin arts.

All were in black only, as we were not allowed to paint the aircraft by order of brass command, and we used black ink, applied with a roller on the cutout cardboard templates as used for stenciling the aircraft. that would wash away during washing of the planes

Here's is what I remember.

'Miss Stella', F16B, probably J-210; girls bum and legs with netstockings and highheeled shoes, named in appreciation of a nightclub dancing girl in a bar in Denmark where some of the the guys had been ..

'Double Trouble', F16B, probably J208 (the great 208) , a sylized lettering with the heads of Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy. named in appreciation of the frequent hangar time this crate racked up early in its flying career, very much to the chagrin of it's crewchief.

'Bartje' or 'Het land van Bartje', F16B, probably J-209 or J-211, a young farmers boy's head side profile with pine trees and stone monument called 'hunebed' in background. This set was created in appreciation of the Province of Drenthe, the origin of the crewchief.

'Johnnie W', F16B J368, and later F16A J158, The logo of Johnnie Walker whisky, named in appreciation for the stuff we used to flush down hot pizza in the evening or the same, but cold pizza for breakfast. Of these I have pictures, as it also was the plane I had my F16 flight in.

Rausmaus, F16A, J-139, A stylized lettering with mouse's head above as in the 'Jaws' filmposter. The plane was named so after mice had, during a 6 day closure of the shelter for X-mas holidays, climbed up the wheelchocks, up the landing gear, and had eaten their way through cable feedthroughs in the wheelwells, and eaten away compartment and cable insulation materials from front to back of the plane, requiring a multimonths rewiring program to have it flying again. I'll upoad a bad pic.

Skybird, F16A, J-366, a stylized lettering adorned with a seagull's top profile, the name was taken from the song Skybird from the Jonathan Livingston Seagull movie with music by Neil Diamond. This was my personal aircraft as crewchief. I uploaded them on this site. ANY 366 pics welcome!

In addition there were the following fin arts from other authors
J-362; Lions Child, there was a nice lions' cub cartoon art prepared but dont know if it was ever applied

J-359 Cloud Buster; stylized logo

Blue Eagle, blue stenciling on fins , cannot
remember tailnumber
Mean Machine, tailnr cannnot remember

Can anyone help out?

Skybert
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J-139 rausmaus detail.jpg
Ventral fin detail on J-139 RausMaus, 1987-89, Mice entering wheel bays had eaten through insulation that required complete rewiring
J366 in shelter 1988.jpg
1987-89 In addition to ventral fin art, the canopy was adorned with canadian flag followed by the name of Capt Steve Whitely, CAF exhange pilot and nice guy.
Also had 3 phantom kill marks , as bit of fun with RAF squad rotation
J366 ventral fin art  skybird.jpg
Skybird, F16A, J-366, 1987-89 a stylized lettering adorned with a seagull's top profile, the name was taken from the song Skybird from the Jonathan Livingston Seagull movie with music by Neil Diamond.
J-139 rausmaus.jpg
Rausmaus, F16A, J-139, 1987-1989 A stylized lettering with mouse's head above as in the 'Jaws' filmposter. The plane was named so after mice had, during a 6 day closure of the shelter for X-mas holidays, climbed up the wheelchocks, up the landing gear,
J-368 Johnnie W ventral fin.jpg
Art as applied on J-368 and later J-057, 1987-89
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 06:57

Hi Skybert and welcome

Thank you for sharing your photos and information. There is a nose art/fin art (mostly nose art) gallery in the serial database on this web site. Perhaps we could use your photos to add to this database.

Click on any of the countries that are highlighted or the years on this link:
http://www.f-16.net/f-16_nose_art.html

Hope you visit often,
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 21:03

Thx Jon I've been visiting for about a year here; great site. Can I submit these into the nose art sectionmyself? or will you guys do that..

I was waiting for my scanner that could scan old 35 mm negatives, so be ready for some more pics of 315Sq in the late eighties.
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315 SQ line astern.jpg
pictures were made by 315 sq pilots in 1987-88 period,and were distributed in the squadron
315 Sq stack of 3.jpg
pictures were made by 315 sq pilots in 1987-88 period,and were distributed in the squadron
J359 Cloudbuster.jpg
J-359 CloudBuster RNLAF 315Sq 1987-1989
J361 parking on platform.jpg
J-361 RNLAF 315Sq 1987-1989
pic taken during recovery by groundcrew after moring sortie
J361 headshot.jpg
J-361 during recovery, note how the engine sucks water from the conrete platform slab crevasses into the intake
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 21:21

Twenthe "Noord" looks great with F-16's and people actually walking/taxiing around there. If you come there now is dead, nature has almost taken over. Only on "Oost" there is still some work getting done. To bad Twenthe is going to close.

I think that the only F-16 that still wears a 315sqn logo is the J-234 (on the RH ventral) at the "Leerdock" in hangar-15 on Twenthe.
As a finishing touch God created the Dutch!
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Unread post12 Nov 2006, 20:31

The 315 lionhead om the right vertral of the J-234.

Btw. If your a old Twenthenaar do you know Hans Bosman by any chance?
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Unread post13 Nov 2006, 12:01

I've got some old Christmas cards of 315 sqn.
Pic 1 is taken in 1992 at Twenthe airbase
Pic 2 is christmas card 1990 (Johnny Walker)
Pic 3 is christmas card 1987 (photo taken by you skybert?)

F-16's still flying with full 315 sqn markings are J-509 and j-648 at leeuwarden!!!
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Unread post14 Nov 2006, 12:54

Hi Skybert,

Here are the tail numbers for:

Mean Machine = J-135 + J-201
Blue Eagle = J-137 + J-205

I know there are even more KLU vipers with ventral vin art from that period :

The Happy Hooker = J-140
Play Bird = J-141
Sledgehammer =J-144
De lulligste niet =J-211

Also some early Vipers had names on the left side of the airintake:
J-221 Judi
J-222 Trippletoe
J-226 Tante Jo
J-228 Sharky
J-230 Us mem
J-236 Garfield
J-240 Jumbo
J-241 Spider
J-242 Jacky
J-243 Gooise martas
J-244 Snoopy
J-257 Fluffy
J-260 Rebel
J-264 Prime

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Unread post10 Sep 2014, 17:23

Skybert wrote:Thx Jon I've been visiting for about a year here; great site. Can I submit these into the nose art sectionmyself? or will you guys do that..

I was waiting for my scanner that could scan old 35 mm negatives, so be ready for some more pics of 315Sq in the late eighties.


Hey Skybert,

I find some nice photo's which are of my origin. The photo's you have posted from the J361 are made by myself.
As I only provided this pictures to a selective number of people we might know each other from Twenthe.
If you are still visiting this site please lets me have some hinds.

Best Regards,

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Unread post02 Feb 2016, 10:56

Got here my click of the J-211 "De lulligste niet"...

Best Regards,
Harry
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Unread post06 Feb 2016, 13:15

J-201 , something like "Mean Machine" ??

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Unread post06 Feb 2016, 13:16

J-208 , "Double Trouble"

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Unread post06 Feb 2016, 13:19

J-369 , not sure what text is on that ventral fin ....

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Unread post06 Feb 2016, 13:25

J-368 , "Johnnie W" .... from 313 Squadron

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Unread post06 Feb 2016, 13:36

And another picture of the J-139 , "Raus Maus"

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Unread post06 Feb 2016, 14:13

viperfan01 wrote:J-369 , not sure what text is on that ventral fin ....

J-369.jpg

It has the text "Miss Stella"

You can read about that here:

http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F ... rce/RNlAF/

"Fin art was a black & white drawing of a high heeled girls legs with stockings with stylized lettering Miss Stella. This was in appreciation of a Danish night club dancer who made quite an impression on the boys during a outbound trip to Denmark."
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