Exitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
On a recent MD-80 night flight, I noticed the right wing was almost fully illuminated by the flashing red anti-collision light on top of the plane, while only the wing tip was illuminated on the left. Are the anti-collision lights on the MD-80 offset from the center of the fuselage? If so, why? Are all planes like this and I've just never noticed?
FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1450 times:
It is offset to the right so it can be accessed from inside the cabin.
It may also be offset,like antennas on the aft part of the fuselage,so as not to disturb the airflow into the ram-air intake on the fin leading edge.I'm not sure on this one,though.