- The Washington Times
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas, has fused patriotism and breast-cancer awareness by unveiling a hot pink F9F-8 Cougar for display.

“The Blue Ghost,” a World War II-vintage Essex Class aircraft carrier that arrived in Corpus Christi beach in 1992, will be home to an eye-catching fighter jet for the duration of breast-cancer awareness month.

A local NBC affiliate stopped by the museum to ask how they pulled off the “Heliconia” paint job.

“This one was ready to go. We had it in aircraft restoration. It was ready to go, and we had already had it primed. So, we reflected back on a time when Disney was here. Disney showed us how to actually paint a vehicle and then power wash it off in a couple weeks by adding laundry detergent,” said Charles Reustle, the station reported Tuesday.

The technique Mr. Reustle referenced was used when Hollywood director Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor” was filmed on the USS Lexington’s flight deck in 2001.

The USS Lexington is the world’s oldest aircraft carrier. The naval aviation museum has never received government funding and survives through donations, admissions, Ships Store sales, and special events.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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