A hot pink Navy jet was unveiled in Texas this week to bring attention to breast cancer research. The Grumman F9F-8 Cougar sits atop the flight deck of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington, in Corpus Christi, Texas, where it will remain throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The idea to paint the jet pink popped into the mind of M. Charles “Rusty” Reustle, the director of operations and exhibits at the USS Lexington Museum, as he was heading to work one day.
“I was driving down the road and I looked over and I saw a crane that one of the local rental companies had painted pink and I thought, wow, we could do something for breast cancer research, too. And we happened to have a plane that’s on loan from the Naval Air Museum that was all primed and ready to go,” said Reustle, a Navy veteran who served as a first class master builder. Read more