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Sparks on a Plane August 29, 2010

Posted by Pupster in Philosophy, Religion, Science, Travel, Women Ranting.

From Gizmodo:


This shot shows a lightning bolt striking a plane taking off (from) Osaka’s airport, then hitting the ground.

I’m pretty sure lightning comes up from the ground. Maybe you can tell from the video loop?

please turn off your cell phone

Lightning is not dangerous for airliners, as the electricity flows around their aluminum skins.

If I were on that flight, the drink service cart would have started a little early.


1. Pupster - August 30, 2007

“In situations like this, do emergency replacement underpants drop from the overhead compartment?”-From the comments on Gizmoto

2. skinbad - August 30, 2007

“Please remain calm. Upon landing, medical personnel are standing by and will assist you in the removal of earphones melted to your skull. Now enjoy the rest of Rocky IV.”

3. Wickedpinto - August 30, 2007

I think it was march 12 1996, when I flew back from MCRD SD, I’m affraid of heights, but I have no problem with flying (it’s a conceptual and sensual thing, the sensation of flying is completely different from standing on top of a shear rock, though I also used to climb rocks)

I had flown a number of times, but taking off from limbergh field (I think thats what it’s called) was friggen NASTY, and the flight was kinda smooth, but when we landed at ohare, I actually experienced something like fear, I expressed it as excitment, but no, it was bone chilling terror.

I had to land in SD again, for MCT, and if taking of from limbergh was back massage compared to landing at ohare, then landing at o’hare was oral sex compared to landing at limbergh in SD.

NEVER fly to SD. I’m just saying.

4. eddiebear - August 30, 2007

One of my old bosses at an old job was in a USAF transport plane (I forget which type) over Bosnia in 1995 when the Serbs shot a SAM at it. The evasive action the pilot had to tak led to the plane almost crashing into a mountain.

Yeah. He hated flying after that.

5. TattooedIntellectual - August 31, 2007

Flying sucks!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially anything over 5 hrs. We need beam me up scotty machines pronto!

6. compos mentis - August 31, 2007

I’m pretty sure lightning comes up from the ground.

For ground strikes, my understanding is that cloud to ground strikes are the most common. Most lightning stays within the clouds. But when it hits the ground, a strike can generate return strikes, which are seen as flashes. However, lightning can and often does originate from the ground. A bolt can be hotter than the surface of the sun.

7. Wickedpinto - September 1, 2007

It comes from bost, but the sustained negative ionization occurs mostly in clouds. Generaly a ground generated strike (ground up) is caused from subtle tectonic friction. Kinda like the earth rubing it’s fuzzy bear paw slippers over a synthetic carpet.

(had a family friend that worked at global atmospherics, they are the guys who “make lightning” in AZ and Colorado)

8. Dave in Texas - August 30, 2010

Good morning nervous flyers.

Do you need a hug?

9. MCPO Airdale - August 30, 2010

Flying out of Keflavik, Iceland in a P-3C Orion in ’79. about 500 ft after roll out, ball lightening comes in thru the radome and exits via the M.A.D. boom on the tail.

We stop at Pease AFB (enroute NAS JAX) and discover the following:
U.S.quarter sized hole in the radome;
Every static wick on the aircraft blown off;
M.A.D. boom (Farrady cage) opened like a flower;
Number 2 Prop with crack.
We continued on to JAX uneventfully.

I love flying. Hours of boredom punctuated with seconds of sheer terror.

10. Pat Caddell - August 30, 2010

I’ve nicknamed my left testicle “ball lightning.”

11. reason - August 30, 2010

Flying has yet to get old to me. I still love sitting in the exit-row seats by the wings, so that I can watch them “do their thing” during takeoff and landing.

I’m perpetually 14 years old. Remember how thrilling it was when your parents first let you sit behind the wheel and take the car for a spin, even though it was just around a deserted parking lot? I still love driving THAT MUCH, even when it’s just to work.

I had a long hard contemplation of career when I was 17. I basically wanted to drive all day for a living. Then I realized that meant my options were RACE CAR DRIVER(!!!) or MAILMAN.

12. Cathy - August 30, 2010

Enjoy travel. Flying part, not so much, but can deal with it.

Will never forget how it felt dropping hundreds of feet in microseconds when our plane hit some kinda air pocket. Pilot came on afterward to tell us we would live. He had no warning. Shit happens.

We all thought we were gonna die that night.

Experienced nothing like it.

13. MCPO Airdale - August 30, 2010

1980 – Flying in a C-131 Convair Samaritan to Wick in Scotland. Crappy day weather-wise. Radar vectors to a visual final approach. The n00b co-pilot sets her down rather smoothly, but, over my headset I hear the FE say, “Holy shit!” @@*&##$!!!

The n00b set us down on a (luckily) unused taxiway.

14. agiledog - August 30, 2010

Pupster, lightning comes from the clouds down to the earth. But the most visible part is called the “return stroke”, and that travels up from the ground. You can see it in the video – the first part is visible, and is going down – the second part is much brighter and going up.

15. reason - August 30, 2010

“The n00b set us down on a (luckily) unused taxiway.”

Any landing you walk away from is a GOOD LANDING.

16. MCPO Airdale - August 30, 2010

Reason – As long as the combined number of takeoffs and landings is an even number. . .

17. reason - August 30, 2010

I’ll agree with that metric. 🙂

18. Spad13 - August 30, 2010

MCPO Airdale you ever do any time at NAS BDA? I was with the Ground Electronics Div. there from Nov.84 to May 88.

19. daveintexas - August 30, 2010

takeoffs are optional, landings are mandatory

20. Pupster - August 30, 2010

What fresh madness is this?

I posted this years ago.

*turns head sideways*

*other side*

21. TXMarko - August 30, 2010

Flying out to the Aleutian Islands is always a breathtaking experience. The weather is horrific for flying about 75% of the time.

Reeves Aleutian Air provided the “civilian” transportation out to Shemya AFB in Lockheed L-188C Electras.

Only best can fly out there and survive.

22. Cathy - August 30, 2010

We noticed!

You think we’re morons or sumpin??

All grist for the mill.

23. Pupster - August 30, 2010

If I re-posted this…which is possible, I did not do it on purpose.

*checks knobs on way-back machine*

It’s kind of funny, this was one of the first gif’s I ever put on a commenting site.

24. Michael - August 30, 2010

If I re-posted this…which is possible, I did not do it on purpose.

*taps IB dashboard with a hammer*

Maybe there’s a wire loose in here somewhere.

25. Cathy - August 30, 2010

…which is possible

Beer may have been involved.

Blame it on “Bush.”

26. TXMarko - August 30, 2010

It was the ball lightning!

That’s gotta be it….

27. Retired Geezer - August 30, 2010

Flyin’ Brian showed me where the King Air (that he is learning how to drive) was hit by lightning. I wish I had taken a still picture of it, instead of a video with my phone.

The entry (exit?) hole looked like someone went crazy with an arc welder.

The Avionics were not affected, which was a good thing because this plane has a ‘Glass’ cockpit.

Oh there are mechanical backups but it’s mostly computerized instruments.

28. MCPO Airdale - August 30, 2010

RG – The Beech King Air is a sweet plane!

29. Michael - August 30, 2010

I got hit with lightning once in the back of my head, and this huge shower of sparks flew out of my dick.

*nods head slowly*

Top that.

30. geoff - August 30, 2010

I got hit with lightning once in the back of my head, and this huge shower of sparks flew out of my dick.

Auto-fellatio is apparently more dangerous than I had imagined.

31. TXMarko - August 30, 2010

Top that.

Well Michael, you certainly rank higher than the guy on TV who had “… brain surgery… they went up through my nose….

32. daveintexas - August 30, 2010

>> I got hit with lightning once in the back of my head, and this huge shower of sparks flew out of my dick.

So, you couldn’t hold it?


Look, that happens to everyone.. at least that’s what I hear.

33. Cathy - August 30, 2010


*no comment*

34. hutch1200 - August 30, 2010

Whoa..I dick big enough for a ground rod. I am jealous Sir!

35. BrewFan - August 31, 2010

Whoa..I dick big enough for a ground rod. I am jealous Sir!

Don’t be jealous. In Michael’s case I’m sure it has more to do with the path of least resistance…

36. MCPO Airdale - August 31, 2010

Spad 13 – I taught a couple of LMET classes there. ’87 and again in ’88, IIRC.

37. Muslihoon - August 31, 2010

Many, many years ago, I flew with high school classmates for a forensics tournament. On the way back, I had in my hand a Tibetan prayer wheel. Beside me was an Oriental girl.

I explained that the theory was that when you spin the prayer wheel, good merit is released into the universe and one’s desires come true. After take-off, I began spinning the prayer wheel. The plane hit turbulence. The girl next to me said, “So, are you praying we’ll escape the turbulence?” I snickered. “No, I’m praying we’ll have turbulence. I like turbulence.” I really do. It’s like a roller coaster. She was not amused.

After a few minutes, she grabbed the prayer wheel from me and began spinning it pretty fast. The turbulence ended. She sighed in relief and gave me the prayer wheel.

I began spinning it, and turbulence began. After a few minutes, she grabbed the prayer wheel and began spinning it. Once turbulence had ended, she stuffed the prayer wheel in my bag and forbade me to touch it while flying.

True story.

38. Michael - August 31, 2010

Musli was in a high school forensics tournament?

Huh. It’s like he’s some brainy guy or something.

39. Russ from Winterset - September 1, 2010

High school forensics tournament? Like, determining the height of the assailant by the velocity and spread of blood splatter? That’s cool.

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