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USAF F-16s getting new water repellent for their canopies

A new water repellent to be applied once a month on the canopy of the F-16 is being rolled out to all U.S. Air Force units.

Staff Sgt. Cody Brown, 138th Maintenance Squadron, polishes the canopy of an F-16 fighter jet as part of the post-flight procedures on July 13, 2016 at the 138th Fighter Wing. The wraparound canopy provides ideal light in-flight and can withstand the impact of a 4 pound bird at 550 knots. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roberta A. Thompson/Released)


The product, named HydroSkip, improves pilots’ visibility during heavy rain by preventing water from pooling or remaining stagnant on the canopy.

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