Nighthawk - True Stories

This page depicts True Stories that our valued customers have shared with us over the years. Some are harrowing, some are funny, all are written and submitted by actual users of Nighthawk products. If you have a story that you would like to share with us please CONTACT US and we will work with you to get your story posted here. Be sure to check back often for new stories from around the world!

Scott “Gunny” Perdue USMC/USAF veteran in his own words

Scott Gunny perdue….story

We were flying a special mission in Africa to a very remote airport. The airport it self was in the middle of nowhere no radio or lights. For safety reasons we had to plan for a night mission. The aircraft we flew, was equipped with the latest technology including night vision allowing flights in total darkness.

Everything went smooth without any indications to the problems we experienced at the end. One big concern when flying in the outback of Africa always was and sometimes still is the black hole approach.

Scott Gunny

Another True Story….Special Mission: Africa

We were flying a special mission in Africa to a very remote airport. The airport it self was in the middle of nowhere no radio or lights. For safety reasons we had to plan for a night mission. The aircraft we flew, was equipped with the latest technology including night vision allowing flights in total darkness. Everything went smooth without any indications to the problems we experienced at the end. One big concern when flying in the outback of Africa always was and sometimes still is the black hole approach.

This is when you start your approach for landing, without any visual or navigational aids during the night. The only thing you see are the lights of the runway (beginning, end and side lights) – no others lights for more than 100 miles around the landing field. This makes it impossible to judge by your eye how high of the ground and how far away you are from the airport. Worst is if you have some mountain ridges on the descent path. It might happen to the pilots that, even tough the can see the runway lights, they descent to fast. As soon as they get lower than the mountain ridge they will totally loose any visual light reference to the airport. This has often ended with fatalities. This can be avoided by checking your stopwatch, alti- and speed meter regularly.

As we approached the destination my first officer prepared everything for the steep approach and landing. One by one he turned on different essential equipment. As we turned final to line-up with the runway, we barely saw the very weak oil fire lights, the cockpit turned black – we had total electrical failure. Only the standby instruments were working but no light and no night vision. My first officer turned on the cockpit flashlight, which immediately destroyed my night eye vision. I immediately lost the very weak runway lights. As we knew our exact position we immediately leveled off and stopped our descent to the airfield. Fortunately I had my Nighthawk Microlight with me. Using it to illuminate our cockpit, we then safely landed and completed our mission successfully without any fatalities.

At this point my first officer and my self would like to express our highest appreciation to Nighthawk for saving our souls.

Marc, Cmd

Another True Story: KAG

My Story is not as dramatic as the ones above, I have been a stay at home Mom for about 18 years but about 15 years ago we purchased a number of the Nighthawk Microlights (what they were called back then). As with many things they ended up in a drawer somewhere and then made their way into our attic. Last summer we decided to take the plunge and finally clear out the attic. During our clean-out (and reminiscing about the things we found that were stored away years ago) I came across a couple of the Microlights.

A couple were loose and one was still in the package. It was to my utter amazement that when I turned them on they all worked….unbelievable I thought. I was just going to trash them along with collection of other “junk” we collected. These flashlights were at least ten years old and had not been used in at least that long. I was impressed so much I had to share this with the people at Nighthawk. Congrats Nighthawk on a product well made. I can’t tell you how many flashlights we have thrown away in the last 10 years, but we hope to keep these for another 10 years. I know my husband and kids tortured these things and like you say in your Ads….they really are “Time Tested”. Now, they have again taken their rightful place back in our kitchen drawer.

KAG

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Bantam Series

The Bantams are perfect for EDC and are also small enough to place in your Personal Survival Kits. I've been carrying mine for a little over two months and it has come in handy on numerous occasions. All Nighthawk products are backed by a lifetime warranty. If you’re in the market for a small flashlight that will take a beating- check out the Bantam Series.

 

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