Holy ravioli, it finally happened!
Conspiracy theorists have seized upon the fact that the US Navy and Air Force have been painting select batches of fighter jets and trainer aircraft with liveries more commonly seen on Russian fighter and attack jets… at least four decades late. According to a flock of enlightened theorists on Twitter (which can be both an incredible tool for real-time news updates and commentary, or the worst public forum to have ever existed), these aircraft are actually part of a secret government false flag operation designed to throw the United States into a war against Russia, fueling the military industrial complex while subjugating and enslaving American citizens under martial law.
So did you guys read that article of the US Army painting bomber jets the colors of Russian jets? Prepare for another false flag coming…..
— Rob Lu-Wong (@ThatROBTho) October 10, 2016
— New Eastern Outlook (@JournalNEO) October 10, 2016
— Colin McKay (@DerorCurrency) October 7, 2016
US concocting a false flag incident where one of their FA-18/A jets in Russian colors sink US Navy ship; USS Liberty style new PearlHarbour?
— Tom (@tvdh_3) October 10, 2016
— NedoUkraïnka (@ValLisitsa) October 7, 2016
These tweets began popping up after a Canadian defense journalist tweeted a number of photographs of a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet decked out in colors similar to those you would find on a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber.
— Christian Borys (@ItsBorys) October 6, 2016
As all of (or at least most of) our fans know, these paint schemes serve a real purpose: to enhance the “realness” of dissimilar air combat training (DACT) in the hopes of creating and shaping a more aware and prepared fighter pilot for the day he or she might actually face combat. Only certain fighters, all of which belong to designated “aggressor” squadrons, are adorned with such paintjobs, generally schemes which mimic what Russian fighters tend to be painted with. So when students in the Top Gun program at NAS Fallon go up against US Navy F-16 aggressors, they can expect said opponents to fly with the same tactics and even visual cues which would typically be characteristic of the real life threats America might one day face.
The push to paint aggressor jets as such originated at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, home to the USAF’s elite Weapons School (think of it as an Air Force Top Gun) in the 1970s, when the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons received F-5E Tiger II fighters to enhance the Air Force’s DACT program, which itself was in its infant stages. Since the F-5E was relatively similar in terms of handling and physical size to a MiG-21 (which still remains the most popular fighter American pilots have faced since Vietnam), and because it wasn’t very expensive to operate in comparison to an F-4 Phantom II, it was the best choice for the program. The 64th and 65th quickly traded in their T-38 Talon trains and repurposed their new F-5Es, which were previously destined to be delivered to South Vietnam before the small nation fell to the North. In short order, the Tiger IIs were repainted with foreign liveries, albeit with certain markings which distinguished them as being a part of the USAF’s Tactical Air Command (TAC), which clearly did not have as cool a name as we do. TACAIRNET vs TAC? Zero competition there…
But I digress.
Eventually, it became standard procedure that whenever intelligence analysts were made aware of new paint schemes on Soviet, Iranian, Libyan, etc., fighters, they would transmit that information to the Air Force and Navy, who in turn would paint their aggressors accordingly. That’s how you’d have a US Navy F-14A Tomcat looking like this:
Or an Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon looking like this:
The practice continued. To this very day, F-16s, F-5Es and F/A-18s are still painted with foreign schemes and liveries to enhance the realism of fighter combat training in the hopes that if the pilots who pass through these programs train like they’d fight, they’ll someday fight like they trained.
Now the question is… does any of this have anything to do with false flag conspiracy theories? Nope, not even a little bit. Just as the Jade Helm 15 conspiracies abounded last year, when US Special Operations Command led a massive realistic military training (RMT) exercise in the Southern United States (paving the way for more conspiracy-loving folks to crawl out of the woodwork with wildly entertaining theories about government control and whatnot), the new situation with aggressor aircraft and foreign paintjobs could potentially result in another nationwide spate of idiocy.
If you’re interested, here’s a gallery of aggressors with unique foreign
false-flag communist infiltrator liveries!
But just in case you don’t believe any of the above, Costco and Target are pretty good with their kitchen tinfoil pricing, should you require a tinfoil hat to protect yourself from the secret government mind-control satellites the US Air Force’s Space Command is currently activating in low-Earth orbit.