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Boeing 767 Lightning Strike

Lightning strikes to the nose of an aircraft are pretty common occurrences. Lightning tends to attach initially to the extremities of the aircraft. However, the big currents that flow through the lightning channel can happen much later. As you will see in the attached video, a Boeing 767 had an initial lightning attachment to the nose of the aircraft but the big current pulses didn’t occur until the lightning channel was well past the cockpit. This aircraft has burn marks that extend about 15 feet down the right side of the...

A380 Lightning Strike During Landing

The largest commercial passenger aircraft is not immune from lightning. In fact, due to its size it should trigger more lightning strikes. Take a look at this passenger video of a lightning strike to an Airbus A380 wingtip. Below the video are a couple stills showing the high voltage leaders emanating from the tip of the winglet and the forward corner of the wing.  This is a textbook lightning attachment....