PPG Aerospace Advanced-Performance Coatings Improve Durability of F-16 Jets

Desoprime HS CA7233 epoxy primer and Desothane HS CA9800 polyurethane APC topcoat by PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto will improve durability of the familiar red, white and blue colors of the jets flown by the air demonstration squadron.


About the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron plans and presents precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft. The squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and approximately 120 airmen performing in more than 31 career specialties. The F-16 Fighting Falcons flown by the Thunderbirds are serviced by the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base. A Thunderbirds demonstration is a mix of six aircraft performing formation flying and solo routines. The four-aircraft diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the solos highlight the maximum capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-16C. For more information about the Thunderbirds, visit www.thunderbirds.airforce.com.

About PPG

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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