As youse can see the AFTERburners Power the Slimers (just kiddin'). These were not around in my day. One reduced the exterior lighting to 'nite' and got on with it - and turned off the anti collision light also. But I guess the airframe colour scheme was usually white which helped in dim lighting or cloud.
Apparently 'slime lights' are better for NVD and lights are 'electroluminescent'.
Re: 'what Reconnaissance Systems refers to in the graphic'... My guess would be some eventual derivative of the DB-110 large-aperture pod currently equipped on the F-16 and F-15, which would probably protrude from the belly of the weapon bay somehow?
"Uploaded by LockheedMartinVideos on Jan 24, 2012
The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed on Jan. 19, 2012 in the skies above Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, launched at 5:05 p.m. PST and landed after sunset at 6:22 p.m."
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