Pre Flight

A U.S. Air Force pilot with the 480th Fighter Squadron (FS) performs a preflight functions check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft before leaving for Nordic Air Meet 2012 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 23, 2012. The 480th FS left for the multinational training exercise to share and exchange new combat tactics with allied countries. (DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A U.S. Air Force pilot with the 480th Fighter Squadron (FS) performs a preflight functions check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft before leaving for Nordic Air Meet 2012 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 23, 2012. The 480th FS left for the multinational training exercise to share and exchange new combat tactics with allied countries. (DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis, U.S. Air Force/Released)

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  1. Nice photography. The sun in the “golden hours” of dawn & dusk really sets off the thin gold film on the canopy (mainly for deicing).

  2. The gold tint actually has nothing to do with de-icing. It’s primary purpose is for glare reduction–same reason they use it on astronaut’s helmet visors. They also add some other materials to the tiny that are supposed to help reduce the RCS of the plane.

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