Originally posted by drew@Oct 16 2004, 02:35 PM
Not exactly.* In an airplane, red usually signifies a warning.* Most indications in a cockpit are either white, green, amber, or red, depending on what they're meant to display.
Sorry, man, but most every cockpit I've ever seen (and it's a lot) is mostly
red. The exception are data displays that needed color-coding to signify varying things, like aircraft weather radar. Even in aircraft where the gauges are not displayed in red for various reasons the lighting within the cockpit is all red.
At night the color red is the least
attention getting, and warnings are usually displayed in white/yellow (note our check engine light is yellow).
Older plane -- C-7 Caribou:
None of the new multi-colored LCD displays of newer planes, so all guages and dials are entirely red.
Don't get any more modern than the 777:
Notice it's all backlit red except where color-coded data is displayed. The upper area, where the pilot will be looking out the window is all red so that the light doesn't affect his night vision.
A helicopter too (Sea King):
Helicopter cockpits often illuminate as much red as possible as the pilot is frequently looking around in all directions and cannot have his vision affected.