From the air during the day paved runways, if you can find them at all, look like little strips of black against the background clutter of the landscape. At night, when the Dreamlifter was making its arrival into Wichita, you typically can't see the runway you're heading for at all. Instead, you pick it out by its lights. Every night-approved airport will have a beacon that flashes colored lights in a particular order to make it clear that you're located an airport on the ground ahead and not just a shopping mall with a brightly lit parking lot. At airports where civilians do their flying, the beacon flashes white and then green. At a military airport, the white does a double flash, which is remarkably noticeable. McConnell would have a double flashing beacon and Jabara, a single white flash.