posted on Nov, 30 2007 @ 07:40 AM
reply to post by welivefortheson
As a former Crew Chief for Blackhawks let me offer the following:
The light you mention was most likely the searchlight, on and in the stowed position. When flying without NVGs we would routinely fly with the
searchlight on, in the stowed position. That is, on, fully retracted in the nose of the a/c, pointing straight down. This wasn't for our vision, but
to allow other, non-aided a/c to spot our location (think civilian a/c...nothing sinister).
Quite often, when using NVG's, during training, the lead a/c in a flight of a/c will have the searchlight on, fully stowed, using the IR setting.
That is; no light to the unaided eye, but brilliantly lit if using NVGs. Usually the first A/C will fly like this; in training. Sometimes the lead and
trail aircraft. Typically, this is used during training where there are multiple groups of flights, all accomplishing different things within the AO.
Been there, done that, flew hundreds of hours, saw it with my own eyes, no conspiracy.
I wouldn't believe this if I had not seen it myself, many times. When the searchlight is on, stowed, in IR mode.......if the A/C flies directly over
you, you can
see a faint glow, unaided. Very faint, but there - sometimes. Why? Honestly, I have no idea.
Just a few ideas to digest.