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Flashlight specifically designed for pilots and those who work in low-light conditions. This SureFire won't ruin night vision. Blinding main beam available when necessary. The SureFire A2 Aviator is the world's first "smart flashlight" that combines three low-output LEDs with a super-bright Xenon lamp. This flashlights' pressure-sensitive tailcap switch triggers both the LEDs and Xenon lamp, the LEDs alone or both together, momentarily or constantly on (choices are good). A four-stage switch and two levels of light! A microprocessor regulates the flashlight’s output between the very different light sources. The low level SureFire LED's come in red, blue, green, white and yellow-green. I use this setting in the cockpit at night, whether looking over a chart or that pen I keep loosing! The 50 lumen main beam fires an intense stream of light which works great when I’m checking out the upper rudder on the 747 during a walk-around. Whether being used by U.S. Special Forces searching out terrorist insurgents in Iraq, on patrol with sherriff’s deputies or on the flight decks of the “heavy metal” criss-crossing the world, the SureFire A2 is one of SureFire's best flashlights!
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TRUE SUREFIRE STORIES
SureFire Aviator a Hit at Sea
I went out boating with my roommate and several of his friends on a 30-foot powerboat. When we arrived at the docks it was dusk, and the boat owner saw that I had a flashlight, my SureFire A2 Aviator® flashlight, so he sent me inside to turn on the boat's power. I still hadn’t located the circuit panel after about fifteen seconds (it was hidden behind a corner), so I decided to use the flashlight's incandescent beam to light up the entire cabin. The boat owner saw the cabin light up from above and thought I had turned on the lights below deck without giving power to the rest of the boat! About two hours later, when returning to the docks, we found that the spotlight on the boat did not work properly, and the owner asked me if I could shine my "super bright" SureFIre flashlight in front of the boat to see if we could spot any channel markers. Not only could we clearly see the channel markers reflecting from about 200 feet away, we could also see the next TWO sets of markers beyond them! The boat owner commented, "Those are helluva flashlights!" and I was assigned spotlight duty to guide the boat in. As we neared land, the SureFire A2 was used to spot numerous piles of debris and mangroves so we could maneuver around them. Afterwards, my roommate said, “I promise to never again make fun of you for spending the extra money on a SureFire!"
Key West, FL
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Aviator Flashlights Hit of Hip-Hop Party
In August of 2006, my family and I were in San Antonio, Texas, for the Toyota National Dealer Meeting. For the festivities, Toyota hired hip-hop artists Redman and Big Daddy Kane to perform for all of the Toyota dealers in the U.S. The show was held in a brand-new factory. After the show, my two brothers and I were invited backstage to hang out with the artists. The tent we were all in was no bigger than 25 by 25 feet, and all of a sudden the power got cut, with 20 people or so still in it. Luckily, I had my SureFire A2 Aviator® in my pocket, because no one wanted the party to end, including Big Daddy and Redman. For an additional five minutes, everyone was partying under the light from none other than the blue LEDs and the SureFire incandescent bulb of these amazing hybrid SureFire flashlights! Thanks, SureFire, for having a tool that comes in handy on any occasion — including partying with hip-hop stars. Keep up the good work on these flashlights!
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SureFire: The Best Hunting Tool Since the Gun
The A2 Aviator® hybrid flashlight is one piece of gear I never hunt without. The white SureFire LEDs of this SureFire were crucial when my father and I went hunting in South Carolina. On the first night out in the deer stand, it was important to use the low-powered white LED from the flashlight so we would not spook any nearby dear and to inspect my father's rifle, which had a bore obstruction. A day later, I had to walk through a swamp to get to a ground blind, and the SureFire A2 flashlight showed it's great versatility when its batteries' power level dropped too far for the incandescent flashlight element to work anymore. Instead of fumbling the rest of the way in the dark, the SureFire flashlight's LEDs worked like a charm and provided more than enough light to get around the snakes and find the ground blind. A year later, with the same SureFire A2 Aviator but fresh SureFire batteries, we were hunting in South Carolina again, when my father shot and wounded a deer. It was dark, and finding a blood trail was made a whole lot easier, and safer, using the A2 Aviator flashlight. I will never go into the woods again without one of these trusty A2 Aviator flashlights by SureFire.
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Doctor Makes Continent Calls with SureFire Flashlights
I wanted to write and tell you what a great flashlight the SureFire A2 Aviator® is. I am an American medical student at a university in England that specializes in preparing physicians for practice in underserved areas; as such I undertake as much as 25 percent of my rotations in areas such as Africa, Mexico, South America and the Australian Outback, where both the living and medical facilities leave much to be desired. We are frequently without power, and I have on more than one occasion delivered babies, sutured lacerations, set fractures, and even performed minor surgeries by the light of my SureFire A2 flashlight. Not a day goes by that I do not turn to my SureFire flashlight for the best illumination possible in some of the worst situations imaginable! In addition to this, my wife is a commercially-rated pilot who engages in humanitarian work in many of the areas we visit. She states that her SureFire A2 Aviator flashlight, with its ability to provide illumination both close up and far away via the unique combination of SureFire LED and SureFire incandescent lamps, is the best aviation flashlight she has ever seen, bar none. Just as in my medical work, she receives frequent requests from other pilots as to where we found such incredible flashlights; a flashlight that offers such bright illumination and flexibility of roles in such a small size. Given the variety of equipment she sometimes flies, she states that it is good to know there is always one piece of equipment she can count on — her SureFire A2! We have two children under five years of age that travel with us, and we have never felt more secure than when we have our SureFire A2 Aviator flashlights with us to light up the darkest night or most difficult situation. Thanks, SureFire!
Brian & Tami M.
England, Uganda, Mexico, Ecuador, and the Australian Outback
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Forest Fire Torches Trail; SureFire Flashlight Blazes New One
Until last fall, I would never have paid $185 for flashlights, even though I'm an elk-hunting guide and spend a lot of time in the mountains at night. I got your SureFire A2 Aviator last September as part of a tip from a successful client. The flashlight came in the mail the day before I killed a bull with another hunter. By the time I packed the elk on horses, it was get-lost dark with no moon. While I knew the area, a large forest fire had recently wiped out all trails. I turned on the SureFire's high beam and could see for what seemed like acres. I easily oriented myself and led the horses and hunter out quickly and safely. If I ever lose that flashlight, I will gladly buy another one of your flashlights, no matter what the price. (That second hunter since purchased his own SureFire flashlight.)
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Thunderstorm Literally Takes Breath Away
I work at a local hospital as a respiratory therapist in a cardio-vascular intensive care area. During a very intense thunderstorm one night, we lost power temporarily. Most of our ventilators have a battery backup, but some don't, so I had 10 patients who were unable to breathe when the hospital went dark. We needed to ambu-bag all of these patients, but in the dark we couldn't see to grab oxygen tanks from the supply area. I had one of your A2 Aviator® flashlights on a SureFIre lanyard around my neck, so I grabbed the flashlight and immediately lit up the unit. I was able to get the tanks to all the bedsides in time to start bagging while we waited for the backup generator to kick in. That night could have been disastrous had it not been for my sweet SureFIre A2 Flashlight!
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Aviator Flashlight by SureFire Cuts through Smoke, Saves Lives
I'm a Captain in the US Army, stationed in East Baghdad, Iraq. I recently picked up yet another of the SureFire flashlights to add to my collection--a SureFire A2 Aviator®. I've always made it a habit to carry some form of SureFire light, and it came in handy one day when lives were on the line. Recently, our interpreters' building caught fire from an electrical outlet. When we received the call, I grabbed a fire extinguisher and protective mask and ran to the site. When I got there, it was absolute panic; everyone was running about. I asked if everyone was okay, and no one could be certain if everyone was out of the building. I put on my mask and gloves and went in through a window, crawling over beds and through narrow spaces between wall lockers, letting the light from my SureFire A2 flashlight lead the way. When I got to the main aisle of the back room, I turned my flashlight and discovered one of the interpreters lying unconscious on the floor. I called back, and one of my sergeants came in to help me lift the 250-pound man, who was later evacuated for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns, up and out through a window. I went back into the building to search room by room for anyone else trapped inside, letting my SureFire A2 lead the way. There was one room where the smoke was so thick I couldn't see my hand two feet in front of my face. With these A2 flashlights, I was able to carefully check each bed and confirm that the one guy was the only one left inside, as well as prevent myself from tripping and getting trapped myself. I learned the next day that the interpreter survived and was alive and well. I have no doubt that, had I not had my SureFire with me, things might have been different. Thanks to SureFire flashlights, I have no doubt that not only was one man's life saved, so was my own.
Captain Daniel D.
East Baghdad, Iraq
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SureFire an MVP at Removing FOD
While deployed in Balad, Iraq, I utilized one of the SureFire A2 Aviator® flashlights almost every day. This SureFire flashlight was essential for ensuring the removal of FOD (Foreign Object & Debris), otherwise known as rocks, from between the tires of my vehicle before entering any of the various flight lines at Balad Air Base. FOD is attributed to millions of dollars of damage to aircraft engines and is also a major safety issue to our aircrew and passengers. I utilized this flashlight with both the high-intensity SureFire xenon bulb and the green SureFire LED, depending on the circumstances. I was mostly responsible for the movement of all of our wounded service men and women during my four-month tour. The flight line during my deployment was completely dark at night, and the SureFire A2 served as a bright source of light out on an otherwise completely dark area of operations. The flashlight was dropped onto hard surfaces and into the mud on several occasions and the flashlight always kept working. I want to thank SureFire for making incredible flashlights. My flashlight is a hardened instrument that became a lifesaver during my deployment.
David M. Captain, USAFR, MSC
Canyon Country, CA
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SureFire A2 Flashlights Photographer
From an artistic standpoint, I use my A2 Aviator® flashlight while I'm photographing the city late at night. I use long exposures to get some great shots of the city. With my SureFIre A2 hanging from my neck on a SureFire lanyard, I keep the red SureFIre LED's of my flashlight constantly on. The LED's don't blow away my night-adapted vision, and I can see what I need to see to get my shots. And the 50 lumens of the A2 Avaitor flashlights are always, thankfully, on standby. My experiences may not be tactical, but they're very practical—in helping me to get my photography projects done. Thanks, SureFire.
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