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    lights on an aircraft carrier

    Odd question..
    I'm building an aircraft carrier top to use with our clubs indoor flying. we mostly fly Night vapors and embers...

    I've built the carrier out of 1/2" thick foam core cut to the shape of an aircraft carrier. 34" wide 72" long ( not scale )

    I plan on adding LEDs into the foam core,,, white lights down the center of the runway...

    I was thinking of adding colored leds on the corners of the runway..

    IS THERE A COLOR SCHEME TO THIS IN REAL CARRIERS?

    like red on the right and green on the left????

    Just wondering, cause if there is and I get it wrong I'll hear about it... lol

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    not a carrier guy...but they use the ball on the left side of the deck no need to color code as you always land from the aft side....in RC I'd mark the round down with lights and the edges....you can always google it

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    The landing area, from the round-down to the end of the angle deck is lit with off white perimeter lights. Additionally, there is center line lighting, also white. There is a sting of lights from the round-down down the stern of the ship to that align with the centerline. Lastly, the fresnel lens to the left of the landing area has a row of green datum lights with an orange-ish light in the center. See wikipedia page for diagrams.
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Urge Congress to keep common sense in the skies

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Here's a couple photos. Sorry the pictures aren't better, I lifted them from a videos from my Navy time. The "Dusk" one (camera on the glareshield) shows the lights in relation to the landing area. The "night" one, shows what it looks like from about 1/2 to 1/4 mile. It's dark - yep - there isn't much to look at. The lights are mostly off white. The lights down the fantail (vertical line dropping straight down in night picture) are red.

    There's plenty of shots of Fresnel lens close up. On the diagram, it's about 2/3 of the way down the landing area off the left edge.
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Hey Franklin, why aren't you out there rioting?
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    From the canted refueling probe it looks like the video was shot from the right front seat of a "Queer", sorry EA6B.
    Dry white toast.

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Actually you're not seeing the refueling probe, it's the frame of the HUD. Airplane is a Super Hornet.
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Well, I'm one of the ones who think that rather than riot to support a coach, we should be focused on the victims and running down everyone who knew or should have known about this and did nothing.

    Sadly, I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    +1. I am with you on that one.
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    +2 and then some.

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    +3 and counting
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    What's really shocking is that Penn State is paying the legal bills for the Athletic Director (Curley) and the head of Public Safety (Schultz)....gotta ask why?

    There's a great article in today's Centre Daily Times (available online) discussing the culture of silence here in Happy Valley. I think they're not prepared for the investigative media scrutiny they're about to face. They've manged to make Michael Vick look good by comparison. Sad.
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Pkevinb, I wouldn't talk smack about the Prowler. That was the only aircraft in the airwing that could kill you without physically touching you with anything. When the Growler comes fully on line, it's going to be just as deadly while being twice as fast

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    What is the headline of the article?
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    I'm glad we are back on topic here. I posted here where I should not have regarding the issue at Penn State. Let's keep that in a different forum.. the clubhouse, for instance.

    The original topic is an interesting one.

    Thanks, guys.

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Just having fun Hydro Junkie. I was an AO in the Navy in an A-6 squadron. We were VA without the 'Q'. It was and still is a pretty amazing jet.
    Dry white toast.

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Parachute Rigger. VA-146 Blue Diamonds. A-7 Corsair. USSEnterprise 1969. USSAmerica, around the world, 1970.
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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    In the last picture, the two red lights one over the other on the mast are the out of control lights.
    Its a international rules of the road thing. Carrier has to run into the wind while conducting flight
    operations. So by showing the two red lights, she's telling other ships that I won't be changing
    course so don't get in my way. Day time it would be a flag hoist. They would also show this if
    they were to have a steering gear breakdown.

    There would also be the normal navigation lights, red to port, green to starboard. Can't see them
    in the pictures because they are screened so that they can only be seen from bow to broadside or may
    be slightly aft of broadside. Nothing to do with flight ops, rules of the road again.

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Should have known it would be an A-6 ordie talking smack about my bird. I was a Prowler ComNavRadar tech with VAQ 130 during the early to mid 80s. Three of the other squadrons on the Kitty Hawk during my two WestPacs were VA-145 flying A-6Es, VA-146 and 147, both flying A-7Es. What I found almost funny was that my quadrons 4 birds were faster in level flight than any other plane on board, INCLUDING THE TOMCAT. The F-14As were only faster when they went to a stage 1 or higher afterburner

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    I had carried few red light cross my micro helis MD520. it is nice when flying on the dark. Just following your heart, Because you will active in the dark right?

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    No lights yet but the carrier was a big success. just about the right size for the vapors and embers.

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Looks like a lot of fun. Looks nice as well, good job. Don't see the lights though.
    Dry white toast.

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    RE: lights on an aircraft carrier

    Just had time to launch the carrier as is... Its in dry dock until next months indoor session when it will be outfitted with landing lights.

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