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Old 11-26-11, 10:56 PM   #1
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Flashing light question

For you Foosters living in western Kansas and Eastern Colorado, what the hell are all those flashing white strobes that you can see from the air? I've ruled out airport beacons and radio towers. The lights are not near populated areas, not in any identifiable patterns, and scattered all over the place. Anyway, after flying over the area the last two nights, I'm wondering if any of you guys might know what those are.
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Old 11-26-11, 11:40 PM   #4
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I was thinking those might be windmills but windmills are laid out in lines, usually. These seem sort of random.
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They are glass or metal objects reflecting the lights off of your plane.
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Aye, could be reflections from solar panels. Or a bunch of cyclists popping wheelies with their new uber bright lights.
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Too many to be radio towers, we're talking a good 100+ in a what might be a multi-county sized area. Or at least that is how it looks from my perspective above 30,000 feet. I think they might be gas wells, maybe wind generators. But all the big wind generators have red slow blinking rate lights and are usually laid out in lines or grids.
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Markings for landing zones for transports off the mother ship, maybe. Not sure why they picked Kansas and Colorado.
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Markings for landing zones for transports off the mother ship, maybe. Not sure why they picked Kansas and Colorado.
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Markings for landing zones for transports off the mother ship, maybe. Not sure why they picked Kansas and Colorado.
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But all the big wind generators have red slow blinking rate lights and are usually laid out in lines or grids.
This, btw, makes for some creepy highway driving. My wife and I were heading back from Illinois a couple years ago, traveling east on I-70. Might have been before or after the Colorado border... Anyways, we look up and see that on either side of the Interstate are these big flashing red lights. Hundreds of them. It was three in the morning and no moon. So it was dark. All except hundreds of red, slowly flashing lights. I felt like we had been beamed up by the mothership.
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It could be the wind farms. If you build a farm, you probably don't have to light each tower and each farm might have a different pattern or whatever for the towers they put the beacons onto.

Could also be oil derricks, though I'm not sure how much drilling they're doing in eastern CO; the western slope has a ton.
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This, btw, makes for some creepy highway driving. My wife and I were heading back from Illinois a couple years ago, traveling east on I-70. Might have been before or after the Colorado border... Anyways, we look up and see that on either side of the Interstate are these big flashing red lights. Hundreds of them. It was three in the morning and no moon. So it was dark. All except hundreds of red, slowly flashing lights. I felt like we had been beamed up by the mothership.

I'd guess those lights were the pivot irrigation systems. They have those slow red rotating lights going when they're active, too. There are more of these out there than the wind farms visible from I-70.
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This is rather interesting. Can OP shoot a video?
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Looks like you have two options here.

1. Make a note of the coordinates and then use Google Earth to have a look see.
2. Use your targeting computer to acquire a sight picture.
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Markings for landing zones for transports off the mother ship, maybe. Not sure why they picked Kansas and Colorado.
Not sure about Colorado, but Kansas is flat enough to land anywhere.
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This, btw, makes for some creepy highway driving. My wife and I were heading back from Illinois a couple years ago, traveling east on I-70. Might have been before or after the Colorado border... Anyways, we look up and see that on either side of the Interstate are these big flashing red lights. Hundreds of them. It was three in the morning and no moon. So it was dark. All except hundreds of red, slowly flashing lights. I felt like we had been beamed up by the mothership.
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