Aviation Photo #0858785: Airbus A300B4-203(F) - DHL (European Air Transport - EAT)


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  • Stefan De Sutter
    DHL (European Air Transport - EAT)
    Airbus A300B4-203(F)
    Airbus A300
    Airbus A300
    Airbus
    152
    OO-DLC
    In Flight
    Germany
    May 30, 2005
  • 529

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June 13, 2005
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Electrifying! Avoiding thunderstorms near Karlsruhe on our flight from Brussels to Athens. Dispite the turbulence, it produced a nice picture. (exposure time: 4 seconds, tripod used). Not sure how to call this: static discharges? Saint Elmo's fire? Arcing? Anyway, very interesting!
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Comments (29)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Rare picture of Saint Elmo's fire
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW. i have heard stories abput St Elmos. Nice to see a pic of it
Anonymous
10 years ago
Phenomenal Photography! Looks really awesome!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Pictures of this penomenon are very, very rare. So I rate this picture very high, especially regarding the circumstances.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, this is a great shot. LIKE the way the plasma is arching away from the flight deck. Just think of the engineering that went into protecting todays ac from such stuff as emi, emf, lightning, and so on!
Anonymous
10 years ago
An incredible sight, nice catch!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is virtually unique. congratulations, stefan!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great precision in capturing the lightning storm.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great !
The first photo of St. Elmos Fire I see !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic shot! Kind of scary but only in sight, it doesnt hurt the plane and obviously everything was OK. Been on a plane once, a prop plane that got hit by lightning. Surronded by white light then everything goes off, scary yes but planes are made for that and we landed without problem. Keep up the good work!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice!! truly electrifying!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wow nice photo! Cant get much better than that one!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice shot, five stars...and scaring electric forms. It looks fantastic the view from the A300 and his cockpit as well.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice my german guy
Anonymous
9 years ago
Cannot be better!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Tecnically difficult, the oportunity is perfect and is wonderful from an estetic point of view
Anonymous
9 years ago
Fantastic moment in time for your shot! Congratulations. It is indeed a rare opportunity, and you catched it!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow! thunderstorm ! great view
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great pic love it
Anonymous
7 years ago
Brilliant! You can see why it frighted the heck out of sailors.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Incredible. Very lucky catch, well done!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great, rare shot!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Stunning!!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great timing, well captured !
Anonymous
3 years ago
Very lucky to even see St. Elmo's Fire, never mind get a picture of it!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Amazing shot! Nice one!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Just need a flying saucer to make the Sci-fi fantasy complete! (Ali Aminzadeh)
Anonymous
1 year ago
Your plane is fully recharged :)
Anonymous
1 year ago
I've tried to capture this myself over the years. I never carry a tripod though. Impressive picture. However, I would call this static discharge rather than St Elmo's. The wiki definition is:-

St. Elmo's fire (also St. Elmo's light[1][2]) is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms or created by a volcanic eruption).

At the time SDS took the pic, there might have been a blue glow around external sharp points such as wiper blade ends, wiper spindles, temperature probes etc. The blue steady glow is St Elmo's, not the dancing sparks.

Regards - musang