Iowa ANG gold F-16 remake celebrates ANG history

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Unread post02 Jul 2022, 13:28

Published July 1, 2022
By Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
185th Air Refueling Wing

Sioux City, Iowa --

With the popularity of this summer’s block buster fighter jet film featuring an awesome F-14 Tomcat [FA-18EF you mean!!], 2022 is shaping up to be the year to celebrate the 4th generation fighter jet.

This week the Iowa Air National Guard has unveiled a historic fighter jet of their own; a retro 50th anniversary, down to the details, gold F-16 just as it first appeared in 1996.

In an era of elaborate commemorative aircraft paint schemes, like the Indiana ANG black A-10 or the South Dakota ANG blue F-16, the story of a gold F-16 may not sound unique but in 1996 it was epic.

Iowa ANG gold F-16 remake celebrates ANG history

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Just like its predecessor, the new gold jet has the script “Pride of Siouxland” imprinted across the fuselage on one side. The other side of the aircraft has the words “The Bats 50th Anniversary” in large print. The paint also includes text that shows “1946-1996” painted on the ventral fins.

Like the original, the 2022 scheme retains the gothic bat tail flash with “Iowa” painted on the top of the tail. The words “Sioux City” appear inside an elongated Native American headdress on the empennage at the bottom of the tail.

The design also includes a shiny black radome on the front of the aircraft as part of the black on gold design. The words “Col Dennis Swanstrom Wing Commander” are painted beneath the canopy on the driver’s side, and “TSgt Dave Larimer Crew Chief” embossed on the right side.

The 1996 version of the gold F-16 was actually one of the wing’s flying inventory at the time. It was Col. Swanstrom who gets all the blame or credit for wanting to do something striking to celebrate the unit’s milestone anniversary.


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A gold U.S. Air Force F-16A Falcon from the Iowa Air National Guard is on the ramp in Sioux City, Iowa on June 30, 2022. The jet is painted with commemorative anniversary paint scheme that replicates the unit’s 50th anniversary gold jet as it appeared in 1996. The 2022 redesign of the 185th Air Refueling Wing static display was unveiled as the Air Force celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. U.S. Air Force photo Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
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Unread post03 Jul 2022, 11:31

If anyone knows which jet this actually is, that would be great.

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Unread post03 Jul 2022, 12:19

82-0928 apparently with credit to Jeff Rankin-Lowe.
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Unread post04 Jul 2022, 09:21

More photos:


USAF F-16A block 15 #82-0928 painted to represent #85-1565 from the Iowa ANG is on the ramp in Sioux City IAP on June 30th, 2022. The jet is painted with a commemorative anniversary paint scheme that replicates the unit’s 50th-anniversary gold jet as it appeared in 1996. The 2022 redesign of the 185th Air Refueling Wing static display was unveiled as the Air Force celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. [USAF photo SMSgt. Vincent De Groot]


USAF F-16A block 15 #82-0928 painted to represent #85-1565 from the Iowa ANG is on the ramp in Sioux City IAP on June 30th, 2022. The jet is painted with a commemorative anniversary paint scheme that replicates the unit’s 50th-anniversary gold jet as it appeared in 1996. The 2022 redesign of the 185th Air Refueling Wing static display was unveiled as the Air Force celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. [USAF photo SMSgt. Vincent De Groot]


USAF F-16A block 15 #82-0928 painted to represent #85-1565 from the Iowa ANG is on the ramp in Sioux City IAP on June 30th, 2022. The jet is painted with a commemorative anniversary paint scheme that replicates the unit’s 50th-anniversary gold jet as it appeared in 1996. The 2022 redesign of the 185th Air Refueling Wing static display was unveiled as the Air Force celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. [USAF photo SMSgt. Vincent De Groot]


USAF F-16A block 15 #82-0928 painted to represent #85-1565 from the Iowa ANG is on the ramp in Sioux City IAP on June 30th, 2022. The jet is painted with a commemorative anniversary paint scheme that replicates the unit’s 50th-anniversary gold jet as it appeared in 1996. The 2022 redesign of the 185th Air Refueling Wing static display was unveiled as the Air Force celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. [USAF photo SMSgt. Vincent De Groot]


USAF F-16A block 15 #82-0928 painted to represent #85-1565 from the Iowa ANG is on the ramp in Sioux City IAP on June 30th, 2022. The jet is painted with a commemorative anniversary paint scheme that replicates the unit’s 50th-anniversary gold jet as it appeared in 1996. The 2022 redesign of the 185th Air Refueling Wing static display was unveiled as the Air Force celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. [USAF photo SMSgt. Vincent De Groot]
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Unread post06 Jul 2022, 20:38

The Iowa Air National Guard has repainted an F-16A static display in a gold paint scheme. This scheme replicates the F-16C that was painted in gold back in 1996 to commemorate the 185th Fighter Wing’s 50th anniversary back then.

The original F-16C #85-1565 is now a QF-16 and will eventually be destroyed during live-fire training exercise.
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Unread post07 Jul 2022, 02:11

Here is how 85-1565 looked in 1996 :


USAF F-16C block 30 #85-1565 from the 174th FS is completely painted in gold sporting 'Pride of Siouxland' markings at El Paso 'Amigo' show in 1996. [Photo by Mark Forest]

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