Having been a professional aviator of some sort for 20+ years, saw a first the other night.
At night, high level, in the clouds but no thunderstorms near, Boeing 737, only the nav lights and strobes on, we had the blue glow on the wiper ends and the occasional static discharge sparks across the windscreens. No surprises there.
Looking at the panel, I was suddenly aware of a luminescence out front, rather like when you have the lights on and suddenly hit cloud, but my next thoughts were:
a) wrong light pattern, b) not nearly as bright, and c) seemed to be radiating forward from the radome.
Planting my chin on top of the coaming to look down the nose, I could see what I would describe as several thick finger or sausage-shaped plasma plumes (my phrase…), pale blue/white, fanning out from the radome forward, ranging from 3 to 6 feet in length, bright enough to make me look up from the panel. For a few seconds they fluctuated in brightness and size, then disappeared.
Neither of us had seen anything like it before.
Anyone come across this before, or can point me to some info on the web apart from wiki?
Thanks - Regards - musang