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Old 14th Oct 2020, 13:32
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Nice vid with St. Elmo's Fire (Minute 3)
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 14:46
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Thanks, never saw it that clear before , only still photo's.. A good illustration of the wipers as initiation points .. Can someone recognize the type ? if it is a 787/350 , nice to see that the composite around the cockpit is indeed deflecting them .
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 16:05
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I believe this is an Airbus, A320 or A330.
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 16:58
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On the Viscount it was always purple, when I moved to the BAC 1-11 the discharge was white. Never quite sure why. There was a layer of gold in the latter but not sure what that would do.

We didn't have radar in the early days and spent years going to Italy and Spain at 17 to 18 thousand feet. First you'd hear the wining noise on the radio and then see the fire. Booooomf, and things would discharge and it'd start all over again. Only had one major strike. That was when we'd come out of the clouds and were clear of the CB's. A huge zig-zagging line came out of the top of one on my side, hit our wing, went around the rubber fuel bag and out through the hole it made in the bottom of the wing. 4" diameter, so they told me. My skipper hadn't seen it coming and had just struck his Zippo lighter. He thought he'd blown the aircraft up.

I promoted myself to captain and a Boeing 707 for my novel, and ran a dramatized copy of this experience. Take a look on kindle, the preview is free. They had a much tougher time than we did. My son said he felt the crew was not showing enough fear. A chap is not supposed to scream audibly, but on the bad night above, I did consider hiding in the loo.
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 17:26
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It was always fun to call the cabin crew in to see it and then run one's finger down the screen
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 17:31
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 17:56
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Many years ago I talked to a Beech 200 pilot who flew a mail/papers flight, he said he saw a ball of fire go through his plane and out the rear end.
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 19:21
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Many years ago I talked to a Beech 200 pilot who flew a mail/papers flight, he said he saw a ball of fire go through his plane and out the rear end.
My next door neighbor was retired Air Force B-36 crew.
He liked to tell the story of opening the hatch to the crew tunnel and seeing ball lightning rolling down the tunnel.
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 19:24
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he said he saw a ball of fire go through his plane and out the rear end.
My father saw the same in a Lancastrian one night, he had gone down the back to the loo, and returning to the cockpit, saw a ball of fire enter the right side of the cabin, roll down the aisle, and exit to the laft - pax were asleep, didn't see it. Nobody believed his story.
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 23:12
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BP, strangely I became 'outed' on PPRuNe about the time my book was listed. Name top left. It finds my book from anywhere in the world but has failed to garner a fortune. Blimey! a few entries down there's a picture of me in my favourite jumper. It's 40 years old - the jumper, not the picture. Double blimey!! That leads to a photo of the Rivetess standing by one of the Apollo engines at the Johnson Space Centre. I seem to be an . . . open book.

Lightning balls? One of our pals from the old days was cabin crew for Court Line. She saw one float down the cabin in an incident that was well reported. c 1970. I study astrophysics most nights, just for fun, and am still undecided. I'd love to see one but fairly sure I'd not stick a finger in it. A bit like ghosts.

Fascinating. Read well down for the historical bits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_lightning

Just what frame rate could an engraver achieve?

Richmann was attending a meeting of the Academy of Sciences when he heard thunder and ran home with his engraver to capture the event for posterity.
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Old 15th Oct 2020, 01:56
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had just struck his Zippo lighter
Ah, the good old days when you could find all the loose rivets.
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Old 15th Oct 2020, 12:50
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Originally Posted by armagnac2010 View Post
I believe this is an Airbus, A320 or A330.
It's an A330.
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Old 15th Oct 2020, 15:24
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Originally Posted by Clay_T View Post
My next door neighbor was retired Air Force B-36 crew.
He liked to tell the story of opening the hatch to the crew tunnel and seeing ball lightning rolling down the tunnel.

If you see ball lightning in a commercial jet coming down the aisle stick you hand out and ask for some more hot nuts
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 15:36
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