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Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:50 pm

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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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:25 pm

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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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:20 am

MD-80 series on approach is the easiest/ 3 very spread out landing lights: 2 on the wingtips, one on the landing gear.
 
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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:09 am

Was going to say a MD-80 landing at night is an easy one.
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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:38 am

787 and it's wing lights is fairly easy to spot..  
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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:13 am

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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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:13 pm

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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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:20 am

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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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:38 am

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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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:51 pm

At my local airport I have to say the classic 737 is the most recognizable followed by the RJ-85.
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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:51 pm

Dc-8/L1011 are fairly easy with that awesome beacon they have.
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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:48 am

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.
 
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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:41 pm

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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RE: Easiest Plane To Identify By Lights At Night

Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:33 pm

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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