This question is restricted to US Air Force fighters, as I don't know if other air forces paint the pilot's name on the fighter.
This question pops into my mind because of 2 reasons:
- this comment reminds me a fact I saw on a comic strip long time ago: the name of the pilot is written on the fighter cockpit, at least in the US Air Force and perhaps in the US navy.
- in this video (smarter everyday, episode235) there is one scheduled flight with the videographer. For this single flight they took the time to write the videographer's name on the fighter (see at 6min17s).
How often is this name (re)painted?
- is it updated for every scheduled flight if needed?
- is it updated for a single flight flown by another pilot of the same squadron?
- is it updated when the fighter is operating on an external theater?
- if no update is needed, is it repainted more often than the rest of the airframe?
- does this answer varies from squadrons to squadrons?
Bonus question: is it actually painted (I may have made a false assumption, in which case I should substitute "painted" by another more suited word in the whole question)?