Aircraft Carrier Lighting

Catapulting off the deck at military power streaks an F-18 Hornet, the roar so loud it will break your ear drum if you removed the plug. The flight deck is nowhere for wimps and that water is a long way down if you get blown off the side from hot jet fighter exhaust. The loud crashes of aircraft hitting the arresting wires can go on for hours as the pilots maneuver their jets to the postage stamp sized deck below. You got to love the United States Navy, the largest and strongest military powerhouse in the world.

Now then with all this commotion during flight operations, why not turn that vibrational energy into the lighting needed to help the team stay heads up and prevent them from being sucked into an intake jet engine meat grinder or being blown 90 feet blow into the unforgiving and icy waters of the aircraft carriers wake. How can you turn noise and vibrations into light? By placing groupings of large sandwich sheets with a taunt film on the vibrational side and small copper lined tubes, hundreds of them running perpendicular to the sheets, with magnets inside bouncing back and forth. These magnets will charge a capacitor and be hooked up to an LED lighting system using fiber optics or reflectors, each one hooked up to a .2 to .5 watt light. With hundreds of thousands of lights hooked up in a composite, insect eye, format it will light up the entire deck and landing guidance system and since the lights can shine down on the deck in the direction of aircraft movement it would be like daylight without the light pollution associated with such operations.

Currently this technology is being used in those little flashlights you see advertised on television that you shake and they light, but you never need batteries. This idea of lighting up the aircraft carrier’s deck is using that technology on a larger scale with miniaturized parts making up the guts between the sandwich sheets. Let there be light, through vibrational energy and there was and it sailed the seven seas. Think on it.