Code One, Volume 11, Number 1, January 1998 Page: 21
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NVGs are also opening up new methods of identify-
ing potential adversaries. Russian and American muni-
tions have identifiable characteristics in the goggles.
"We are just now learning some of these finer aspects
of flying with NVGs," Stohler says. "If we are flying
close air support, for example, and we know who is
shooting with tracers and who is not, it is easy to dis-
tinguish the bad guys on the ground at night. That's
something we can't do during the day. External light-
ing schemes have become a hot topic for our intel
folks. Aircraft have distinctive lighting patterns."
When asked why NVG capability, which has been
around for a decade, is just now reaching F-16 multi-
role units, Brown suggests informed conservatism as a
possible answer. "The F-16 community wanted to do
NVGs right the first time, with compatible cockpit and
With lessons learned from Fort Wayne, other Guard
units will be able to say that they, too, aren't afraid of
the dark. Q
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