Originally Posted by verticalspark
in my experience most people that fly at night tend to keep the wings right side up.
But that's my point. At distance, I can tell it's right-side-up if I see solid red when the bottom is solid red, etc. If the top is half red and half green, just like the bottom, then I need to think about which way the plane is flying going in order to figure out whether it's still right-side-up. In the daytime, orientation is accomplished by distinguishing top of the wing from the bottom. I think night flying works exactly the same way.
I know it's all personal preference but a lot of people read this thread to get into night flying for the very first time, and I think there's an assumption that coloring each wing half a different color helps with orientation. I don't think that's true. So many people seem to do it, but it might actually make things more confusing, especially at a distance.
Can anyone who has tried it both ways comment?