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Originally posted by josephamccoy
do you have or could you try and get some footage of these aircraft, i too am no expert so could someone comment on lighting regulations for military aircraft? do they have to follow the same lighting rules as civilian/commercial aircraft? then we can determine if these reports are worthy of UFO/secret technology speculation. if the area is well known for military testing though it is most likely to be the military, but i like to keep all avenues open until the facts are presented
Originally posted by abecedarian
All craft should have steady lit red on the port (left) side, green on the starboard (right) side, usually on the wingtips for planes and sides of the fuselage on helicopters and a white light on the rear. These red / green / white lights may not necessarily be visible from the ground. Also, there should be white strobes on the top and bottom of the fuselage and possibly at the tip of the tail and wings, to draw attention particularly in low visibility, and possibly red or white rotating or slowly pulsating lights, which are typically turned on during taxiing, landing and departure from airports.
Landing lights (steady white) and other lights (to light the tail number for instance) may also be on, depending on elevation and what type of craft and what it's doing.
Military craft should follow FAA requirements whenever they are operating in civilian airspace, i.e. not over a military installation.
Many helicopters, particularly law enforcement types, use turbines for power and depending on the actual craft you may only hear the turbines at certain times.
edit on 2/11/2012 by abecedarian because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by klhbrown
I'm no aviation expert, so be gentle if I sound like an idiot!
According to FAA rules, all aircraft flying at night are required to have a green light on one wing, a red light on the other and a white light on the tail. Correct?
For the past two weeks, from the time the sun sets to the time the sun rises, our small northern Oklahoma town has been criss-crossed by "mysterious aircraft" flying very low. Some soud like helicopters and move reasonably slow, but I'm certain a few have been some sort of jet screaming by at no more than several hundred feet off the ground. Scary at hell! We're definetly not used to this around here. The super strange part is that there are no red/green lights on them. Just three very bright white strobes. Everytime I hear them coming I jump off the couch and even on the screaming jet type aircraft, it just three white strobes. I've seen the "jets" and "helicopters" from directly underneath on several locations so I know for a fact I'm not just "missing" the red/green lights.
What are these things? Are government/military aircraft exempt from the FAA lighting rules? Have the rules changed?