Aircraft warning paint

The Tokyo Tower painted in bands to warn aircraft.

Aircraft warning paint is a system of red/orange and white paint scheme that allows for aircraft to avoid colliding with tall objects like radio masts and other tall objects (during daylight hours) that may pose a collision threat to aircraft.[1][2]

Purpose and useEdit

Aircraft warning paint serves the purpose of identifying tall structures in daylight conditions, they are often utilized in urban areas where lighting is drowned out or communities where the classic white strobe lights that normally are used during the day are considered a nuisance.


Most structures that have warning paint are painted aviation red/orange and white stripes.


Multiple patterns can be used for aircraft warning paint, including stripes, checkerboards, spheres, and teardrops.[1]


Alternatives include aircraft warning lights and flag markers.


  1. ^ a b "Obstruction Marking and Lighting" (PDF). FAA. 17 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Obstruction Marking and Lighting: §6.4 Marking" (PDF). p. 62. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2013.