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Cold Warrior05 Feb 2016 7:49 a.m. PST

Anyone know the exact transition year(s) for the move from South-East Asia to Euro I and then Air Superiority Grey in Western Europe?


Cold Warrior05 Feb 2016 8:22 a.m. PST

Just to add, I know F-15's/16's were in the ASG throughout the 80's, mainly looking at aircraft that went through a few variations during the decade, such as the F-4, A-7 and A-10. Assuming overall ASG came around 1989/90 or so, and Euro I early 80's, just want to get some details.

15mm and 28mm Fanatik05 Feb 2016 8:50 a.m. PST

According to wikipedia, SEA three-tone camouflage began in 1966 and Euro 1 appeared in 1978 (see History, Cold War, United States link):

Camouflage was reintroduced during the Vietnam war by the USAF for combat aircraft initially limited to black undersides for night bombers, until the South East Asia (SEA) Scheme was introduced in 1966 consisting of light green, dark green and tan over either grey or black. Interceptors and close support aircraft were painted overall light grey (aircraft grey).

In the early 1970s two tone grey schemes began to replace the SEA and overall grey interceptor schemes while in 1978, the European 1 scheme of dark green, dark grey and medium green were introduced.

ASG coincided with the introduction of the F-15, which would make it 1976. This means there's overlap between it and the Euro 1 scheme. Phantoms were in Euro 1 scheme at the same time Eagles were in gray throughout the '80's for instance.

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