56th Fighter Wing F-35A Lightning II takes off Luke AFB

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Unread post22 Jul 2017, 13:15

Airman Magazine‏ @AirmanMagazine · 20 Jul 2017
A 56th Fighter Wing F-35A Lightning II pilot takes off from LukeAFB, Ariz, July 17, 2017.

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Unread post22 Jul 2017, 15:40

Nice shot!
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Unread post22 Jul 2017, 18:15

Does it have a new canopy or something? It's still green.
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Unread post22 Jul 2017, 19:14

Excellent looking shot indeed! It's an excellent candidate for my PC/Windows desktop wallpaper. :D
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Unread post23 Jul 2017, 00:55

mrbuno wrote:Does it have a new canopy or something? It's still green.

Maybe it's a peculiar lighting condition or maybe it's postprocessing, all the blue highlights and reflections on the aircraft look yellowshifted.
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Unread post23 Jul 2017, 20:05

I have a strong feeling the F-35 is hard for auto white balance to adjust to... notice also the panel line tape looks darker than the rest, which is not how it looks in many other lighting conditions. In some pictures, you can see both effects in play in the same shot.

Hard to tell without other shots of that bird in the same condition though.
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Unread post23 Jul 2017, 21:50

lbk000 wrote:
mrbuno wrote:Does it have a new canopy or something? It's still green.

Maybe it's a peculiar lighting condition or maybe it's postprocessing, all the blue highlights and reflections on the aircraft look yellowshifted.


Definitely mint green primer. Don't know why one sees it on random places on F-35s.
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Unread post29 Jul 2017, 14:13

sferrin wrote:
lbk000 wrote:
mrbuno wrote:Does it have a new canopy or something? It's still green.

Maybe it's a peculiar lighting condition or maybe it's postprocessing, all the blue highlights and reflections on the aircraft look yellowshifted.


Definitely mint green primer. Don't know why one sees it on random places on F-35s.

Probably they replaced a part or did some work, and haven't bothered to repaint it yet? I'd imagine applying whatever special paint the airplane uses is a little more involved than just shooting some aircraft epoxy, and if all you're doing is stateside training flights, why take the airplane down for a paint touchup if you can wait till it's down for heavier maintenance later?

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