Invisible Pink

The airplane pictured above is a Supermarine Spitfire, a small aircraft used by the British Royal Air Force in World War II. The plane is decorated with black and white stripes — invasion stripes added for the D-Day invasion — and a small red, white, and black emblem on the tail, but is otherwise pink. This is not a common color scheme for the single-man fighter. Typically, Spitfires came with dark colors on top (often green, as seen¬†here), in hopes of blending in with the terrain below in case an enemy plane, at a higher altitude, were to look in its general direction. And in the same vein, a pink plane would have the opposite effect — against the green backdrop of the ground or ocean below, the Spitfire above would be instantly noticed. Usually. World War II took place well before the era of spy¬†satellites, drones, and other technological advances which make overhead intel much easier to gather. For the British to know what the Germans were up to, they needed to fly overhead and, literally, take pictures. Many in the Royal Air Force were tasked with photo reconnaissance missions, and the Spitfire — a small, one-man fighter — … Continue reading Invisible Pink