HTK-AS44 “USAF, USN & USMC paint set (modern greys)”
In late 1970s US air forces started to introduce new standard of aircraft camouflage (often referred to as “Tactical Paint Scheme”) formed from different shades of grey. In USAF it appeared first on F-15s and F-16s (and F-4s as Hill One camo), and on A-10s but only after Operation Desert Storm. Harriers of USMC adopted TPS (first in three, later in two-colour version) also only after ODS proved previous camo not effective in desert conditions. Rest of naval aircraft (USN and USMC) wore TPS from 1980 (A-4s and F/A-18s) and 1981 (remaining types). Introduction of F-35s (and new Have Glass 5 coat on F-16s) brought new colour FS36170 into line.
HTK-AS44 includes colours for all above mentioned planes.
The set contains:
- HTK-A037 – Light Ghost Grey – FS36375, widely used on USN / USMC aircraft, also on some USAF planes incl. A-10A/Cs and F-16s (tri-colour)
- HTK-A035 – Dark Ghost Grey – FS36320, widely used on USN / USMC aircraft (incl. tri-colour AV-8B Harrier IIs) and USAF A-10A/C Thunderbolt IIs
- HTK-A031 – Gunship Grey – FS36118, used on USAF F-4C/D/E/Gs in “Hill One” scheme and on F-16s. Also on USMC AV-8Bs (tri and two-colour)
- HTK-A054 – Grey – FS36270, used on USAF F-4C/D/E/Gs in so-called “Hill One” pattern and F-16s in tri and two colour painting schemes
- HTK-A046 – Medium Grey – FS35237, used on USN / USMC aircraft incl. AV-8B (two-colour) and on top areas of early F/A-18A/B, A-6 and F-14
- HTK-A044 – Dark Gull Grey – FS36231, used after Operation Desert Storm in mid-life (tri-colour) painting schemes of USMC AV-8B Harrier IIs
- HTK-A050 – Light Grey – FS36495, used between 1980-83 on lower surfaces of F/A-18A/B Hornets of USN / USMC (in early painting scheme)
- HTK-A058 – Have Glass Grey – FS36170, used in “Have Glass 5” scheme of USAF F-16C/D and F-35 Lightning II variants of USAF, USMC and USN