autoevolution
Car video reviews:
 

F-15E Strike Eagle Shows Impressive Wing Tattoos as It Refuels Over Los Angeles

Back in the days of World War I, as humans were getting accustomed to raining death from airborne machines, pilots of early airplanes found they could make their flyers even scarier if they painted stuff on them. It was the beginning of something we now call nose art.
F-15E Strike Eagle while refueling over Los Angeles 19 photos
F-15E Strike Eagle while refueling over Los AngelesF-15E Strike Eagle refueling over Los Angeles during Super Bowl LVIF-15E Strike Eagle over the North SeaF-15E Strike Eagle taking off from RAF LakenheathBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EXBoeing F-15EX
The glory days of this type of aircraft decoration came, of course, during the Second World War, when it also expanded to include drawings and messages featured on the bombs being dropped.

No matter which side they were fighting for, pilots loved to adorn their airplanes with decorative painting, so diverse in style, colors, messages being sent, and so on, that it would probably require entire volumes to talk about them all.

Present-day aircraft are not as prone to being used as canvases as before, though. Sure, we do get the occasional A-10 with the many painted noses, and a few others and that’s about it.

Knowing that, we were, needless to say, pleasantly surprised to see an F-15E Strike Eagle of the most modern kind wearing extensive tattoos on its wings and sides. It’s a sight made possible by a Senior Airman being at the right place at the right time, inside a KC-10 Extender, as the fighter jet came in to refuel.

The image you see here was snapped back in February over Los Angeles, California. The Strike Eagle, deployed with the 144th Fighter Wing out of Fresno, flaunted its tattooed wings, showing stylized eagle wings with yellow tips, as it approached the tanker assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing. As per the Air Force, the plane needed fuel “so it can continue its security patrol above Los Angeles.”

Aside from the wings painted… over the wings, the plane also wears special decals on the tail and side fuselage. You can zoom in on the main photo of this piece to spot all the messages.

Editor's note: Gallery shows other F-15s.

 
 
 
 
 

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories