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with the NVIS mod. That extra half hour has been
replaced by a flick of a switch. And the lighting itself is
"I thought the glowsticks did a fine job until I saw the
NVIS cockpit lighting," adds Capt. Scott Gieret. "The
system is much easier to use and the lighting itself is
so much better. NVIS cockpit lighting is fantastic even
without goggles. We don't get the glow across the
canopy that we see with standard lighting. The lighting
is also more relaxing to the eye. The NVIS cockpit is a
Aviano F-16 pilots are equally pleased with the exte-
rior lighting portion of the NVIS modification as well.
"The exterior lighting is spectacular," Nichols says. "In
covert mode, the airplane is completely dark to the
naked eye. And the variable covert strobe allows us to
discern different airplanes by the rate at which the
strobe flashes. We can look around in a four-ship and
know where everybody is."
Nichols says the variable strobe is especially helpful
in the forward air controller or FAC mission. "NVGs
make it difficult to perceive range," he explains. "A
bright object ten miles away may appear closer than a
nearby dim object. Depth perception works differently
at low light levels. A unique strobe rate makes it real
simple to distinguish a wingman from other light
The NVG-friendly lighting also improves the
air-to-air capabilities of F-16s at night. "We can easily
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