Pretty in pink: Navy fighter jet painted for Breast Cancer Awareness month

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WASHINGTON — The fight against breast cancer picked up a powerful new ally — a U.S. Navy fighter jet. And of course, it’s pink.

A retired F9F-8 Cougar, painted in a vivid pink shade called “Heliconia,” has been unveiled on the flight deck of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Lexington was decommissioned in 1991 and converted to a naval aviation museum a year later.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cougar will be on the deck through Oct. 31.

It won’t stay pink forever though. A special procedure — applying liquid dishwashing soap to the latex paint — keeps the pretty paint job from becoming permanent.

Rusty Reustle, director of operations and exhibits at the USS Lexington museum, said he got the idea after seeing filmmakers employ the technique aboard the ship during production of the 2001 Ben Affleck film, “Pearl Harbor,” KRIS reports.

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