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St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)  
User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

Take a look at this impressive video, if you haven't seen it yet: http://www.flightlevel350.com/public_viewer.php?cat=122&pic=761


Beatiful and quite scary at the same time, i wonder if this always happens when you fly through thunderstorms...


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User currently offlineBrian_ga From United States of America, joined May 2001, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4305 times:

that is a pretty cool video !
thanks

Brian_ga  Smile



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User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

I love flying, but that's pushing it! I think I would still enjoy it, but I would be a little nervous. Just a little!


------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
User currently offlineJonty From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4214 times:

is st elmos fire lightning? sorry ive just never heard of it before!

User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4161 times:

Quoting Jonty (Reply 3):
is st elmos fire lightning? sorry ive just never heard of it before!

AFAIK is more static electricity discharging on an object going through charged atmosphere... Probably some of our tech wizards can answer this better...



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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

This is from Yahoo. The link is at the bottom.

St. Elmo's Fire is a beautiful, eerie form of atmospheric electricity that usually appears in stormy weather around church spires, sailing masts, and airplane wings.

During thunderstorms, the air between the clouds and the ground becomes electrically charged, resulting in a "glow discharge" -- the same phenomenon used in fluorescent tubes. This electricity is drawn to the closest conductor, usually the top of a tall building.

St. Elmo is actually a derivative of St. Erasmus, an early Christian martyr and the patron saint of sailors. During rough weather, frightened seamen interpreted the blue glow around the tops of the masts as a sign of his protection.

http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20000622.html


User currently offlineSkibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

I've also heard that static can discharge inside the airplane, with the result of a static ball rolling down the aisle of an airplane. I haven't seen this, but a few pilot buddies who fly some 757s and A320s have told me about this. I would love to see a video of that! But it probably scares the crap out of pax.


Tailwinds!!!
User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

And to think I thought St. Elmo's fire was a terrible movie from 1985 about a group of yuppies living in Georgetown. Good soundtrack, though.


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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 hours ago) and read 3644 times:

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 6):
But it probably scares the crap out of pax.

Well, it would make me crap my pants, that's sure!



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User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 6):
I've also heard that static can discharge inside the airplane, with the result of a static ball rolling down the aisle of an airplane. I haven't seen this, but a few pilot buddies who fly some 757s and A320s have told me about this. I would love to see a video of that! But it probably scares the crap out of pax.

A purple electric ball rolling down the asile?!?!?


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

This is actually quite harmless. It's the same stuff inside those balls that you touch with your hand and the electricity follows your finger. If the pilots would have touched the windshield, it would have done the same thing (I'd be in the F/0 seat with my finger on the windshield the entire time Big grin )

User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1606 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 hours ago) and read 3506 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 10):
This is actually quite harmless. It's the same stuff inside those balls that you touch with your hand and the electricity follows your finger. If the pilots would have touched the windshield, it would have done the same thing (I'd be in the F/0 seat with my finger on the windshield the entire time

We'll let you be the first one here to try it my friend..

Get a video of you doing it, and I'll buy you a drink sometime Big grin

hahaha

1011yyz



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User currently offlineRAMPRAT980 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 600 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Very interesting. I've never seen anything like that before


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User currently offlineJamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3365 times:

What is that noise you hear toward the end of the video?


Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 11):
Get a video of you doing it, and I'll buy you a drink sometime

You're on! Big grin


User currently offlineFBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Quoting JamesAg96 (Reply 13):
What is that noise you hear toward the end of the video?

It's the Altitude Alert. It sounds as a warning when you approach your selected altitude or flight level. 750 feet above or below is the threshold for the warning.At least that is what it is on the MD's and DC-9's.

I've experienced St. Elmo's Fire many times,but not in a jet.Always in piston twins flying through snow clouds with snow grains.You feel absolutely nothing when you touch the windshield.I've seen it form around the propeller tips,as well.



"Luck and superstition wins all the time"!
User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

Here's another example. Incredible what you can find in the database, A.net has it all...!  Wink



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