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Can You See The Lights  
User currently offlineDavid B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Can the navigation and strob light be seen from the cabin of a 747-200/300?

I was sitting in coach a few years back, and I dont remember seeing any lights. It was a night flight.

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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

Well, I've never been on a 747, but if it's between not seeing the light, and the light being turned off in cruise, I'm going to guess that it is out of view.

User currently offlineUps763 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

yes i think so, especially when descending down through the clag.

User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Normally, you shouldn't be able to see either. I haven't checked the installation on a 742/743 but think about it for a moment - you want the right nav light to be visible to the right but certainly not to the left, and it's out on the right side of the aircraft. How would you see it from the cabin?  Smile The beacons and strobes are generally along the aircraft centerline, well out of view.

However, when descending through clouds, the strobe lights will reflect off the cloud and be visible indirectly by illuminating the clouds. In fact, so visible that the pilots will most likely turn them off since they reflected light is blinding.


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User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2517 times:

I remember flying at cruise altitude with no clouds at night, and the flashing beacon illuminated the wing when it flashed. It is on the centerline so you don't see it directly, but you can see it working and casting a fuselage shadow over the wing.

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