Seen from one of the windows of a B-52 Stratofortress are three Portuguese air force F-16 Fighting Falcons. The airplanes were flying in formation at the beginning of June, during a Bomber Task Force operation over the European country of Portugal, when someone on board the Stratofortress decided to show us an F-16 like no other.
Whereas the other two seen in the background of the photo are wrapped in the blueish-grayish colors we’re used to seeing on fighter aircraft, the one closest to the the American bomber is almost entirely wrapped in a livery that wants to mimic the skin of a jaguar.
That’s because the plane belongs to the Portuguese Air Force's 301 Squadron Jaguares. A unit active since the late 1970s, it hasn’t been involved in any worth mentioning fighting (these guys are mostly sent in air policing missions by their bosses), but sure knows how to make a spectacle at various shows and exercises.
Like many other NATO members, Portugal fields a number of F-16s, and the Jaguares squadron is the one that gets to fly them, including alongside allied aircraft for unique images such as the one here.