posted on Nov, 18 2012 @ 03:03 PM
reply to post by RSF77
As a FAA licensed aircraft mechanic, private pilot, and US Air Force veteran I can assure you that you have no idea what you are talking about. The
lights you are mentioning are called navigation lights and they do not blink. You have red for the left wingtip, green for the right wing tip, and
white for the tail. These lights are on during the early morning, dusk, and evening hours. There are two red strobe lights on most commericial
aircraft as well as military and they are located on the bottom and top of the fuselage and known as anti collision lights. These lights have to blink
at least 60 times per minute as required by the FAR's....
As far as crabbing goes, just because the wind is steady at ground level doesnt mean that it is the same at 100 feet in the air, let alone 1000+.... a
example of this is go into a stream or river, just because the current is calm at the bank does not mean that it is 20 feet in.
As far as to what you could have been seeing I most likely wasn't a cessna because even at a flight level of 2000+ feet a small aircraft only 20 feet
in length and 30 in wingspan looks like a dot, what you were probably seeing was a B2 Spirit as they are based in Missouri near St Louis.
Also if what you saw was a solid Red light and a solid White light, you were witnessing a plane making a left hand roll as you were looking at it from
aft of the tail
edit on 18-11-2012 by perpetrator76 because: (no reason given)