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Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night  
User currently offlinebpat777 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 412 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

For me I can quickly spot a 777 flying overhead by the light on the tailcone. For a narrowbody the MD80 by the flashing lights on the wings and the bright light in the middle of the fuselage. A320's and A319's are pretty easy also because they don't seem to have many lights compared to other aircraft.

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User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4251 times:

Our (AC) 319's, 320's + 321's all have the "double tap" strobes (two flashes, one immediately after the other). I don't recall if that is standard on the 320 series or not....

CRJ's (-200 thru -900, no idea on the -1000) beacon flash alternates between the light on the top of the fuselage and the one on the bottom.

Embraer 170s + 190s have two strobes on each wingtip, one facing forward and one facing back. The strobe flashes alternate (forward, rear, forward, rear, etc). Kind of hard to see unless you're abeam the aircraft.

I could always ident. a QK Dash-8 versus a QX Dash-8-Q400 at night by the strobes as well... QX Q400's have their strobes on the top of the tail and bottom of the fuselage whereas the QK Dash's have the strobes on the wingtips. I used to freak my coworkers out with that one when we were waiting for our aircraft to arrive....



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User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3029 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

MD-80 series on approach is the easiest/ 3 very spread out landing lights: 2 on the wingtips, one on the landing gear.

User currently onlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4180 times:

Was going to say a MD-80 landing at night is an easy one.


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User currently onlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4175 times:

787 and it's wing lights is fairly easy to spot..  


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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 532 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4146 times:

The F-28/70/100 is also similar to the DC-9-80 series I think with landing lights at the wing tips and a center NLG light.

I always thought Airbus have double strobes at the wingtips whereas Boeing has single strobe, until I flew an early MH A333 which had single strobe. Then the DC-10 had a double strobe and when I flew the 747SP I was surprised to see a very fast wing tip single strobe light. Doesn't seem to be homogeneous across a particular type.

I presume the lights may get changed in the course of the production line upgrades / block numbers?



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2878 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4061 times:

I have always found that our E190's have a very distinctive wing strobe. Each wing tip has one that faces forward on the front of the wing, and one facing rear on the back side of the wing. The front ones go, then the back ones. But, what stands out for me is the flash the strobe creates. Some strobes make a blink, some make a flash, the ones on our planes are like freakin' explosions...very powerful looking flashes. It's hard to describe, but I always know when an E190 is passing over my house at night based on the strobe pattern.

I found a video on YouTube of a night departure and is helps show what I am talking about a little especially once you hit the 0:25 - 0:30 range of the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBBgkoxGKZ8



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User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4048 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 3):
Was going to say a MD-80 landing at night is an easy one.

Agreed. But the 777 comes in as a close second for me.



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User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4941 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

Southwest's 737-300s have alternating flashing landing lights in the middle of the wings which are very distinctive, so they're easy to recognize at a distance during the day and at night.


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User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2149 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4003 times:

At my local airport I have to say the classic 737 is the most recognizable followed by the RJ-85.

User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3983 times:

Dc-8/L1011 are fairly easy with that awesome beacon they have.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24906 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3956 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 6):
I have always found that our E190's have a very distinctive wing strobe. Each wing tip has one that faces forward on the front of the wing, and one facing rear on the back side of the wing. The front ones go, then the back ones. But, what stands out for me is the flash the strobe creates. Some strobes make a blink, some make a flash, the ones on our planes are like freakin' explosions...very powerful looking flashes.

I was on a couple of nighttime KLM E-190s recently and was seated roughly in line with the wingtips. I found the flashing strobe lights very annoying. I had to close the windowshade. I've never noticed that problem on any other aircraft.


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2878 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 11):
I was on a couple of nighttime KLM E-190s recently and was seated roughly in line with the wingtips. I found the flashing strobe lights very annoying. I had to close the windowshade. I've never noticed that problem on any other aircraft.

Any seat behind the wing is screwed on a night flight unless you close the window shade. I leave work at 9pm and I see our E190's coming in for a landing, and when the rear-facing strobes illuminate, the entire back half of the fuselage is lit up. It's quite amazing.



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User currently offlinebpat777 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

I forgot about those flashing lights on the L-1011's. They undoubtly were easy to spot flying overhead. I never noticed the lights on the E90's Im going to have to pay attention to that in the future.

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