The US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team, commonly known as Viper Demo, unveiled a stunning new paint scheme for their primary demonstration jet today at their home base of Shaw AFB in South Carolina. The jet is named “Venom” and it features black snake scales across its back and up the tail. The tailcode and markings are highlighted in the same yellow that the team uses for its logo.
This is the second special demonstration team paint scheme to debut in the last year. The A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team has been flying their own special paint scheme since the end of last season. The green and gray scheme is a tribute to the WWIII heritage of the unit and honors P-51 Mustang ace Col. Henry Brown.
Unfortunately, the scheme will have to be admired from afar as airshows are almost totally shut down through the end of June due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Some events are canceling even out to October.
For now, the teams are staying ready by practicing at home and even contributing to the Operation America Strong flyover campaign around the country. Hopefully, we’ll get to see the jet in the air soon!