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Old 02-08-2009, 10:27 AM
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There are a bunch of airports around here, something like 10 of then, 3 are international. Kind of get used to seeing aircraft flying at night, white headlights, flashing green, flashing red, white tail light. A couple of nights ago there was an aircraft out and about with a nav light scheme I have never seen before. Only red lights; solid red when coming headon, solid red on the port side as it passed, and flashing red light on the tail as it went away. No green or white lights. Any idea what aircraft uses this nav lighting scheme?

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Old 02-08-2009, 11:24 AM
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Maybe it was military, but all aircraft have the two lights and anti collision strobe, but who knows?
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Melmakian S&R. Probably looking for Gordon Shumway (aka A.L.F.).


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Old 02-08-2009, 11:40 AM
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Maybe it was military, but all aircraft have the two lights and anti collision strobe, but who knows?
That was my first thought, too. Doesn't military navigate with std nav lights except when on a mission?

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Never seen military with anything but standard lighting in civilian airpspace like you describe.
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Maybe it was military, but all aircraft have the two lights and anti collision strobe, but who knows?
That was my first thought, too. Doesn't military navigate with std nav lights except when on a mission?
On an F-16, the light are next to the intakes on the engines. Everyone has to have lights on from dawn to dusk.
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:18 PM
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It was probably military with the position lights off or in the IR mode. Night anti-collision lights were on.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:49 PM
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My guess would be Rube Goldberg figuring "I don't have a replacement green light so if the pilot just turns on the Flashers with a red...what the he!!"
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Red on the right......pilots take fright.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:35 PM
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Old 02-09-2009, 05:25 AM
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Military aircraft have the same lights as civilian aircraft. If they were on a training mission, they may shut them off IF inside a MOA or within military airspace. If they are in formation, one aircraft within the formation sometimes will keep the anti collision light on, unless they are using NVG's....
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:22 AM
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All of the air traffic in and around the SF bay area is low, either civilian little planes or commercial aircraft in approach or taking off, getting out. I as watching craft coming from the west, loop over the eat bay, over the SF bay, on approach to SF airport. This thing was in the mix with the rest of them. There are no military air bases in the SF area anymore. I thought maybe it was privately owned, some kind of special aircraft with special nav light designation. This thing really stood out because of no white lights. Everything flying around the SF bay area has a white light, except this one.

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bobb - 2/9/2009 5:25 AM

Military aircraft have the same lights as civilian aircraft. If they were on a training mission, they may shut them off IF inside a MOA or within military airspace. If they are in formation, one aircraft within the formation sometimes will keep the anti collision light on, unless they are using NVG's....
I have seen this. The formation lead aircraft maintains his Nav lights while the rest use the anti collision lights only. I'm not saying it is what is right, but it is what happens.
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