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Ralph Jones
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Reged: 08/31/01
Posts: 21214
Loc: 4CO2
Re: Zzzap! [Re: Dave Siciliano (ADS)]
      #431317 - 10/04/16 11:00 AM

Quote:

Hair standing up



That's Mother Nature's laser dot...;-)

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Ralph Jones
LS-4a N49LS 6R


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Ward Miller POU-NY
Top Gun


Reged: 05/05/04
Posts: 10508
Loc: New York
Zzzap! [Re: Ralph Jones]
      #431320 - 10/04/16 01:52 PM

>> Might have been more interesting in a sailboat...;-) <<

A friend had his family aboard his 30' sailboat during a lightning storm on
the Hudson River many years ago. They were watching the strikes and timing
the sound after each. Quite a show, so he said.

Then he went below and noticed his radio was not working, nor his depth
sounder. He did a serious examination of the vessel and saw burn marks on
the mast, a burned track across the deck and a few inches of the aluminum
foil waterline mark were missing.

He theorized they were at the center of the sound generation and the sound
wave length was greater than his distance from it. They never heard, or saw,
the strike, but the evidence was there.


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Richard Duxbury (Dux)
Top Gun


Reged: 05/15/04
Posts: 5468
Loc: Minneapolis/Tucson
Re: Zzzap! [Re: Ralph Jones]
      #431326 - 10/04/16 05:30 PM

Ya, I've had a few with the Navy and Northwest. But perhaps less than 10- most with little damage, some grounded the aircraft (B-727) for a few days of skin damage and perhaps dry cleaning of the cockpit and passenger seats.

However, I can remember almost every one starting with a P-2V in 1962.

Regards,

Dux -and don't recall much electrical cloud stuff during my many months flying from Kef. Fog, rain, and for sure wind was more the norm.


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Russell Holton
AVSIG Member


Reged: 07/07/05
Posts: 14136
Re: Zzzap! [Re: Ward Miller POU-NY]
      #431334 - 10/04/16 10:01 PM

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He theorized they were at the center of the sound generation and the sound wave length was greater than his distance from it. They never heard, or saw, the strike, but the evidence was there.



Hmmm, I don't know about that. I still think he would have noticed the pressure wave. I suspect he got hit by a comparatively low-powered side bolt and the flash/sound was covered by the higher-powered main bolt or the echos of a prior hit.


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