curlyheadboy
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St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:01 pm

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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brian_ga
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:07 pm

that is a pretty cool video !
thanks

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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:12 pm

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!
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:48 pm

is st elmos fire lightning? sorry ive just never heard of it before!
 
curlyheadboy
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:12 pm

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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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:34 am

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.

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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:30 am

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.
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:35 am

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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curlyheadboy
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:42 am

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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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:45 am

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?!?!?
 
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:51 am

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 )
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:34 am

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

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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:39 pm

Very interesting. I've never seen anything like that before
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jamesag96
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:20 pm

What is that noise you hear toward the end of the video?
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DLKAPA
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:01 pm

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

You're on! Big grin
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:26 pm

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.
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curlyheadboy
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RE: St Elmo's Fire On The Windshield (video)

Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:15 pm

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



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