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Why So Many Strobes On A KC10?  
User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

I live and work near an air force base here in Jersey and have the pleasure of watching the KC10s doing touch and goes all day. At night, I'm mystified by the number of strobes on these jets. Besides the normal top and bottom red beacons and the two white strobes on each wing, there are two additional white strobes on the top and bottom of the fuselage that don't flash in order with the rest of the strobes/beacons. What's the purpose of the additional strobes? Is this a common setup on inflight refuelers? Thanks

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User currently offlinePW4084 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

MD, I can tell you that from a receiver aircraft perspective it's nice to have a brightly lit tanker at night in the weather. It's most important when you are one mile in trail trying to keep them in sight as they fade in and out of the clouds.


User currently offlineChdmcmanus From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 374 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

Most of the current USAF heavies have converted to a combination red/white upper and lower strobe. The only extra set the KC-10 has is the wing tip strobes. On a standard, non formation, good weather scenario we light everything up like a Christmas tree. If we had big neon signs that said "TEXACO" we would use them too. During poor weather we will use the upper/lower in red only, to reduce the glare from clouds. For Air Refueling we turn off the wing tips and lower beacon to keep from blinding the receiver, and as PW4084 said, they make it much easier to find us in the soup.


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