US F-16 painted to resemble Russian Su-57 fighter jet makes maiden flight

A US F-16 fighter jet has took to the skies for the primary time since being repainted to resemble a cutting-edge Russian Su-57 plane. While the paint job unlikely affected precise efficiency, it definitely seemed good on the jet.

The plane belongs to the US Air Force’s 64th Aggressor Squadron primarily based on the Nellis Air Force Base, proper exterior Las Vegas, Nevada. The squadron’s planes act as ‘adversaries’ – similar to Russia and China – throughout drills and the paint jobs, in addition to different markings, are supposed to make the simulated fight extra sensible.

The 4th-gen F-16 was painted in a pixel variant of Russia’s Fifth-gen Su-57 livery. To be truthful, even with the makeover the plane hardly resembles a Russian jet, on condition that they’ve utterly totally different airframes – F-16 is a single-engine plane, whereas Su-57 packs two.