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New Video: Huge static discharges during air refueling of 747

This terrific video shows how much voltage is generated when aircraft fly through clouds, particularly clouds with ice. As a KC-135 tanker approaches with its refueling probe to fuel a military 747 (E-4), huge sparks occur between the tanker and 747. Many of these discharges appear to occur on or near the radome and the refueling port. These size sparks are only generated when there are several million volts of potential difference between the aircraft.

Static Discharges to 747 During Refuel

Static Discharges to 747 During Refuel