Pretty in pink: Navy fighter jet painted for Breast Cancer Awareness month

The pink paint job isn't permanent. Liquid dishwashing soap applied to the paint will allow it to be removed.

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  • Museum uses temporary painting technique on a Cold War fighter jet
  • The speedy Cougar type was flown by the Navy's Blue Angels elite demonstration team

(CNN)The fight against breast cancer picked up a powerful new ally -- a retired US Navy fighter jet. And of course, it's pink.

A Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, painted a vivid shade of pink called "Heliconia," has been unveiled on the flight deck of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington, anchored at Corpus Christi, Texas.