Could this be anything at all? One person says a strobe light or reflection but whilst it does look like a reflection, no other planes in the picture
have it. Not sure what to think apart from its not right.
Its a real shame as the Red arrows are amazingly skilled and would be good to get someone else opinion on what they think the light is
Looking at the photo on the sky news report it just looks like the suns reflection tbh, but not knowing where the sun was in relation to the position
of the aircraft it is impossible to say. The Red Arrows are the best pilots in the world, second to none and i have seen them numerous times
throughout my life and never have i been disapointed, they are truely amazing and the skill levels involved immense. Its beyond me the stunts these
guys do and i am suprised really that there are not more accidents during the training as some of the stunts are death defying. RIP No.4
It is the high intensity strobe / anti collision light fitted under the rear of the fuselage. If the photographer who took it was experienced in
aviation matters then he would have known it. Many aviation photographers capture the high intensity strobes on aircraft. It is just pure luck
considering the shutter speeds although some photographers try to capture them by clicking away at a high frame rate and especially on static shots.
All the strobes on the Red Arrows Hawks will be functioning, but it is just that one shutter capture where one flash of the strobe is captured.
See following video at 01:28 and 01:38 for Hawk with strobes going. Note the under fuselage rear strobe? Now consider you are photographing this
aircraft with a stills camera? The chances of catching any of the strobes are extremely rare in that moment of shutter release. It is just pure
fluke/accident as you can see from the following images - just that one moment in time where the shutter release is in synch with the flash of the
Note underfuselage strobe caught on this landing shot of a Hawk.
There are two possilbities here, there is a strobe light in this position on the Hawk and there is a hot gas exhaust from the engine to the left of
if it was a miss fire in the engine or catastrophic failure its a possibility that sparks and/ or a flash of light may have been emitted from this
exhaust, maybe a compressor stall may have caused the light.
if it was a compressor stall there should be tell tale signs in the engine when it was recovered or puffs of smoke in the trail from the aircraft,
this could cause the loss of power and bring the jet down.
Its a real shame that the aircraft have been grounded but hopefully there will be a development soon to shed some light on the accident, i was looking
forward to their displays at RAF Leuchars this year, especially as this may be the last airshow to take place at this base.
I think that it may be a hydrolics line rupture and the fluid igniting. It would explain the pilots lack of ability to control the aircraft
effectivly. True gent sacrificing his life to save others by staying in the plane to steer clear of the population even though he probably knew he
would sacrifice himself.
The Hawk is fitted with under fuselage rear fins. Note the rear strobes reflecting off the inside surface of the fins? Under certain viewing angles
the reflection of that strobe is going to be enhanced due to it being reflected on the rear fuselage and the inside of those fins.
the main flight controls in the Hawk 200 (XX308 if correct) are old fashion push rods, they run along the upper sides of the engine i believe, i
havent seen one taken apart in years though, i believe (95% sure) that the light to be the strobe light in the rear panel by the stabilizers of the
hawk, the other 5% is a compressor stall or engine fire thrown from the engine exhaust on the left of the panel where the light is shown, but this
would have been reported by the pilot or seen in video or stills of the aircraft, .
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