I was watching an old Star Trek original series yesterday (Netflix junkie) and one episode had the Enterprise going back to 1960's Earth.
A F-104 Starfighter went up to intercept the Enterprise, and the rest was typical Star Trek, etc.
Question I had was it appears from my research that all the early jets, from the F-86 through about the Phantom had stainless steel skins, no paint.
Was their a reason for this? Was the paint just not able to withstand the speeds? I seem to recall the Me-262 was painted.
Surely they had to understand these gleaming reflective aircraft could be seen by opposing fighters gleaming in the sun?
Just a thought.....seems odd.