Why are telephone & mobile towers generally painted with orange/red & white?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I always thought it was to make them more visible to aircraft.

  • PoppaJ
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    1 decade ago

    Like many have already said, it is to make them visible to the pilots of aircraft. Interesting story. Texas A&M has a radio tower. They have a long standing and intense rivalry with that texas university in Austin whose colors are orange and white. Texas A&M petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to paint their radio tower some colors other than orange and white. They were, of course, turned down.

  • 4 years ago

    The FAA and the FCC regulate the colors of towers if they pose a threat to aviation safety. If the tower poses no threat, there are no color requirements. The general practice seems to be tower camoflouge. If the tower poses a threat then red lights and the red and white paint are manditory. Also bright white lights can be used instead of the red light/paint scheme.

  • 1 decade ago

    The newer towers in my area are not painted, the older ones are. They are painted and lit with strobes for visibility for aircraft, the newer towers are not painted they just have the stobes in my area. Local regulations concerning Structure height may differ from area to area though.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anything over 100 foot legally has to be painted Red and White / Bright colors and are lined with flashing lights. This is doen so planes can see teh tall object and not hit it.

  • 1 decade ago

    orange,red n white r the best eye-catching colors cos of its contrast.so those flying low object especially some aeroplanes n helicopters won't clash on the towers.

    best wishes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Air craft. A piper airplane,a glider or a helicopter can fly very low and crash into these structures if it is not made more visible.

  • 1 decade ago

    4 easy identification.helpful 4 pilots of aircrafts

  • 1 decade ago

    They are painted so that they stand out and show so things will not bump into them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because anything over 100' must be marked by high visibility, an and FAA certified aviation light.

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