HTK-CS60 Modern Portuguese AF paint set vol. 2
Standard colours of Portuguese aircraft since 1980s
After the long and costly Colonial War the Portuguese AF (FAP) urgently required modern aircraft. The successor to the F-86F appeared in 1981 in the form of A-7P Corsair lI (at that time FAP’s role in NATO was Tactical Air Support for Maritime Operations). It also meant introduction of new colours (based on US SEA scheme) onto many FAP aircraft (from elderly Ginas, Alouette IIs / IIIs, Alpha Jets, to the most recent AW101s).
F-16 entered service in 1994 and became FAP's first true interceptor since 1980. In 2010 the first of five P-3C Orions (purchased to replace the six P-3P) entered service in overall Light Gull Grey.