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 ----- http://imofogarty.blogspot.com 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... ----- Terry W. Colvin Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/ [Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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