The Air Force now has a golden F-16

When Air Force Col. John Boyd, the F-16 fighter jet's father, initially envisioned the 

aircraft in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he intended to avoid making it "gold-plated" with

unnecessary features put on by Air Force personnel that would add weight and

reduce mobility in a combat. He could be rolling over in his grave right now,

because the Air Force painted one of his babies gold anyhow.

This Thursday, the Iowa Air National Guard unveiled a gleaming gold-painted F-16 in its hangar, a nod to the Iowa Air Guard's first gold-painted F-16 on its 50th anniversary in 1996.

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