Accession Number : AD0724092

Title :   Lightning Hazard to Aircraft,

Corporate Author : AIR WEATHER SERVICE SCOTT AFB ILL

Personal Author(s) : Appleman,Herbert S.

Report Date : APR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The report presents the latest available information on lightning hazards to jet aircraft. Included are the temperature and altitude range where most strokes are encountered, a brief discussion of the type of damage likely to be incurred, and a somewhat more detailed look into the possibility of fuel-tank explosions due to lightning and electrostatic discharges. It appears that, while the possibility of such explosions is small, aircraft using JP-4 fuel are generally more vulnerable to this hazard than those using gasoline or kerosine. It is concluded from this and other hazards associated with JP-4 that jet passenger aircraft, at least, should use kerosene fuels where possible. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*JET AIRCRAFT, LIGHTNING), (*LIGHTNING, HAZARDS), HAZARDS, TEMPERATURE, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), DAMAGE, FUEL TANKS, EXPLOSIONS, ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, THUNDERSTORMS, KEROSENE, JET ENGINE FUELS

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE