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What was the purpose of that?
Referring to the three-tone scheme, I've always wondered why the outer upward folding wing panels, on Helldivers and Corsairs for instance, were not painted white like the rest of the underside of the aircraft. This does not appear to apply to Grumman planes whose the wings folded back against the fuselage, or to SBDs which did not have folding wings. Apparently the navy considered it more important that, when folded, the white wing under surfaces not be visible on a dark carrier deck, as opposed to whatever camouflage value an all-white underside might provide in flight?
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