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Embraer 145 Lightning Strike Leads to Redesign

An Embraer EMB-145LR operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. received minor damage when it sustained a lightning strike at the O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The crew found damage to the tailcone of the aircraft during a post-flight inspection. On-scene images revealed that an internal bulkhead frame came to rest on the elevator bellcrank which limited the elevator movement during landing. Subsequent to the incident, Embraer redesigned the tailcone also known as a Tail Boom...

Insidious Ice!

It’s that time of year where a good portion of the U.S. is covered in ice. Not only is ice a problem when driving, it is a very serious issue when flying. The following video shows a Shorts 360 turboprop aircraft after flying through an ice storm. It is amazing that the aircraft made it back to earth in one...

That’s One Big Tesla Coil!

If you had some spare time on your hands what would you do? For one enterprising Oklahoman, he spent his time building a gigantic Tesla coil. Why not? As you see in the following video, the Tesla coil is throwing sparks at least 20 feet. Holy...

Lightning Strike Punches Hole in Radome

On a recent flight from NYC to Las Vegas, a Delta Airlines airplane was struck by lightning.  The pilots decided to continue flying to Las Vegas and only after they landed did they realize the enormous hole in the radome. As you can see in the following video, the radome appears to be protected with solid metal bar diverters.  It appears the lightning entered near the center of the radome, in front of the diverters....