Top 10 aircraft camo schemes 2017



Chinese Z-8s have an amazing camo scheme but we couldn’t fit them on our list.

Modern military aircraft are all painted in a desperately boring shade of grey… well, almost all. Air Forces Monthly Editor Thomas Lovegrove teams up with Hush-Kit’s Joe Coles to dig deep, and uncover ten masterpieces of conspicuous inconspicuity.

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10. Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’, Kazakh Border Guard, ‘Chocolate pudding’  WHITE-04-Antonov-An-26_PlanespottersNet_434862


9. Northrop F-5N Tiger II, US Navy, ‘Rhythm of the Saints’a68564da8bcdaf5002bf1afb13e1531e 2.jpg

This Navy aggressor impresses with a wild dazzling stripe scheme.

8. Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon, US Air Force ‘Arctic monkey’

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7. Sukhoi Su-27UB ‘Flanker’, Eritrean Air Force, ‘Splinter faction’SU-27UB 609 ERITREO ERITREA 05-06-2002.jpg

African ‘phwoar-lord’.


6. ShinMaywa US-2, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, ‘Blue steel’2211693.jpg

Smart as hell. US Pacific World War II style? 1950s US Navy chic? Steel blue with crisp red Hinomaru: perfection.

5. Grumman F-14AM Tomcat, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, ‘Shi-raz-clart Mehrabadboy’F-14-IRIAF.jpg

A smart desert splinter scheme reminiscent of an airshow ‘Flanker’ of the 1990s gives this Iranian Tomcat a certain something. Smart white undersides.

4. Antonov An-22 ‘Cock’, Russian Air Force, ‘Insert heteronormative Cock joke here’


Attempting to hide such a massive airlifter is an exercise in futility. Still, nice Bond-esque scheme.

3. MD Helicopters MD500, Korean People’s Air Force, ‘Lime twizzler’img_1344-2a.jpg

Crazy colours, turquoise belly. Job’s a good’un.

2. Grumman S-2T Tracker, Republic of China Air Force, ‘Return to the blue lagoon’s-2t-1.jpg

Carnival time, down in Taiwan.


  1. McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Phantom II, Japan Air-Self Defense Force, ‘Digital Forest Ranger’ ghhg.pngfucknutt.pngSpetsnaz Viggen. Disrupticon prime.


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One comment

  1. Parshu Narayanan

    MiG 21FL or Type 77 with K13 missiles and a Gasha Gunpack (GP-9, Gsh23) in Thar Desert camouflage, 1971 war – one of my favourite camo schemes and a challenge for the local scale modellers to replicate. One of these babies, the most enjoyable ever version to fly, downed an F104 – with gunfire – the K13s missed as usual!

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