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Lightning Strike With Ball Lightning

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:59:20 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:18:57 -0500
Subject: Lightning Strike With Ball Lightning

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During one trip to Jacksonville NAS in the 33rd Air Div C-47, we
took a lightening strike in my HF (short wave) radio antenna.
(It made one helluva bang!) It did get rather interesting
though, as I was busily trying to get the radio to cooperate at
the time. A shocking experience at best, the antenna coupler lit
up like a neon sign, and every tube in the radio receiver (yeah,
it was that old) went off like a flashbulb! I had never seen
ball lightening before... or since... and don't really hope to
again. Or at least not that close!! A brightly glowing ball of
static electricity drifted out of the antenna coupler, and
floated through the air towards the rear of the aircraft.

The latrine in a Gooney Bird is located all the way aft in the
tail, and a very thin plywood door usually provides a bit of
privacy. In this particular case the latrine was temporarily
occupied by one of our spare co-pilots. All of us on the flight
deck were watching the lightening ball wander around the
passenger/cargo compartment (with wide eyes and open mouths),
when the ball decided to penetrate that plywood door. A couple
of microseconds later a very upset and somewhat ashen faced co-
pilot exited the latrine as if he had been shot out of a
cannon!!

When we got back on the ground it took a half a dozen Martinis
to get the young Lieutenant calmed down, and for months
afterward all he could talk about was the day he got hit by
lightening while sitting on the can!! The Colonel always claimed
that that young co-pilot was the only guy on the airplane with
eyes wider than mine. It took nearly a month to get my radio
fixed as well.

Noah built the Ark, Experts built the Titanic...

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Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/
[Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site]



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