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M2morris
06-18-2006, 10:36 PM
Dumb question;
Can anyone tell me what these colored lights are for under my right wing tip?
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/grab0001-1.jpg

M2morris
06-18-2006, 10:36 PM
Dumb question;
Can anyone tell me what these colored lights are for under my right wing tip?
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/grab0001-1.jpg

polak5
06-18-2006, 10:48 PM
wowsas i feel like noob ive never even noticed those b4... then again i dont fly the corsair much either, but still.. hmmm
Is it a custom skin?

Zeus-cat
06-18-2006, 10:57 PM
They are recognition lights. My company made them back in WWII. A guy I work with just bought some of f ebay for the B-17 we are restoring in Urbana, OH.

There is a control box in the cockpit and the pilot could flash them on and off in the sequence of the day to allow ground units to ID the aircraft as friendly. You could turn on the color or colors you needed and then flash them. At least that's what the guy at work told me.

M2morris
06-18-2006, 11:35 PM
Nope, its not a custom skin, and thanks Zeus-cat. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

spitfire22287
06-19-2006, 09:20 AM
They're actually formation lights placed around the aircraft to facilitate night-time formation flying. Since they are placed in specific places around the plane, they help identify wings, fuses, etc. The concept is still in use today, and can be seen on dusk/night shots of F-18's for example. Those neon rectangular lights are the formation lights, They just look different than the amber, green, and yellow ones of WWII. Hope this helps. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Capt.LoneRanger
06-19-2006, 11:12 AM
Thats non-sense. The three lights are indeed IFF-signs as described above.

The now used low-voltage formation lights, also refered to as "Slime Lights" are a completely different thing. They emmit a very low energy greenish light that is only visible for a very short distance with the unaided eye, but a lot better for IR and Night-Vision-Systems.

stansdds
06-19-2006, 01:27 PM
All USN aircraft in WW II and Korea as well as USAAF bombers did have formation keeping lights. The lenses were dark blue in color and placed:
1. On the tops of the wings and fuselage on Navy fighters
2. On the tops of the horizontal stabilizer and fuselage of USAAF bombers,

The three colored lights on the bottom of virtually all U.S. aircraft are identification lights used as a visual IFF system.