Lightning test on model Boeing 777 airliner

Lightning test on model Boeing 777 airliner

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Caption: Airliner design tested for lightning. A model of a new airliner undergoing lightning conduction tests. Lightning is not a major hazard to aircraft as each airliner is struck only once per year on average. Airliner designers, however, need to ensure that the aircraft will safely conduct the electricity without forming 'hot-spots' which could puncture the fuselage. Lightning typically contacts at the nose and the tips of the wings and tail. Internal electronics are shielded from the energy pulse associated with a lightning bolt. This model of a Boeing 777 airliner is being tested at Lightning Technologies Inc. of Massachusetts using a 1.5 million volt discharge.

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Keywords: aerospace research, aircraf, aircraft, airliner, atmosphere, climate, discharge, electric, lightning, spark, test, weather research

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