Panther Paint Job

Watch a 57-year-old warbird go from Winona rags to Blue Angel royalty.

(John Fleck)


(John Fleck)

In October, Davey Bowles of On-Site Electrostatic Painting put a silvery coat on the Panther’s wing fence, the vertical fin in the wing’s leading edge that maintained stable airflow over the surface and delayed stalls when the Panther pulled high-G turns or flew at high angles of attack. By then the airplane had received a green primer called a tack coat to help the final blue paint adhere well.

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