Hawk 127 LIF
Six - A27-16 Special Scheme
and Photos by Darren Mottram
In late 2002 I approached 76 Squadron with the suggestion of applying a
high visibility scheme to one of it's new Hawks to enhance the visibility
of the aircraft, 76 squadron and the RAAF at the many airshows at which
the Hawks were beginning to appear for flight and aerobatic demonstrations.
In particular, the then approaching Avalon International Air Show. Just
before Avalon, in Febrary 2003, the decision was made to apply one of the
schemes I had submitted to A27-16. Owing to time constraints, the scheme
was not fully applied as intended but, I hope, still makes a colourful
change to the more usual grey colours seen on today's millitary aircraft.
by Adam Brant.
With the recent release in 1/48 scale by Airfix of the Mk 100 series
export version of the BAE Systems Hawk and the re-release by Highplanes
their own kit of the Mk 127 LIF, both of which include these markings for
A27-16 of 76 Squadron RAAF, I would like to offer those who may wish to
model this machine a walk around of the colours and markings as applied
The static photos were taken during the painting process and immediately
after the jet was rolled out in Febrary 2003, before it's first flight
in the new colours.
Others were taken in late 2003 and show '16 in Squadron use and carying
tanks and stores.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the members of 76 Squadron,
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and BAE SYSTEMS for giving me the
permission and opportunity to be able to share this information with
you all, and a special thanks to Adam Brant for allowing me to share some
of his stunning air to air images.
The photos should cover most details but one thing that won't show up too
clearly is that all the stencils that fall within the colour area have
been applied (in their normal positions) in a hand mixed, *very* dark shade
of grey. Basically the black, with a couple of drops of white in it. This
includes the rescue and danger markings on the canopy rail. I have adjusted
a couple of the photos to hopefully show this.
to note for modellers
The red was applied over the top of the black and therefore seems to
be a little bit darker than a "straight" red (like the Kangaroo in the
The red striperemains the same to the back end, it just ends up on the
flat upper surface of the parachute fairing. Note also that there is nothing
painted on the rotating base plate of the tail plane where the colour/stipe
crosses behind it.
All the new colours are *extremely* glossy.
The roundels and the tail badge are exactly the same size as they are
on the normal scheme.
The grey details/lines that define the Panther on the fuselage are just
the background colour, so they are just whichever of the two camo greys
that happened to fall underneath the image.
The upper wing roundels are still counter shaded grey.
courtesy of Adam Brant
My thanks to the members of 76 Squadron for allowing me the
opportunity to take these photos.
For more of my hawk detail and photo articles, see;
Detailed walk around, including cockpits and stores.
Coverage of early 76 squadron markings and colours.
Coverage of 79 squadron markings and colours.
Detailed coverage of the 79 Sqn anniversary colour scheme on A27-21
Photo Gallery of A27-16 and A27-21 (specials) together.
All my Hawk articles index.
Text and Images Copyright © 2003 by Darren
Additinal Images Copyright © 2003 by Adam Brant
Used with the permission of BAE SYSTEMS and the RAAF
Page Created Thursday 18 September, 2003
This page last updated on Saturday
13 December, 2003
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