CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A Joint Base Charleston C-17 recently got a new paint job to honor the legacy of the 16th Airlift Squadron.

As airmen and families gathered to celebrate the squadron’s 82-year history, a new piece of nose art was unveiled.

The image depicts the profile of the squadron’s mascot, a lion, along with two C-17s flying over the globe.

The lion symbolizes bravery, strength, and nobility of character — all key qualities of the 16th Airlift Squadron.

Other images paying tribute to South Carolina and Team Charleston were also painted on the plane for the unveiling.