Accession Number : ADP002192

Title :   Lightning Strikes to Aircraft of the German Federal Armed Forces,


Personal Author(s) : Ziegler,W.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A survey is given of the lightning strikes to aircraft of the Federal Armed Forces over the past 10 years, from 1973 until 1982, inclusive. About 80% of the lightning strikes involved the following 4 types of aircraft: F-104G Starfighter, F-4 Phantom, C-160 Transall, BR-1150 Breguet Atlantic. For these 4 types the annual rates of lightning strikes as well as the respective average rates over these 10 years are shown. The main locations at which lightning attached to the aircraft and damage sustained are described. Two lightning strikes are discussed in greater detail. In the one case a UH-1D was struck during flight, and in the other case it was a Phantom where the metal wall of one wing pylon tank was melted through. Finally, the paper touches briefly on problems that are expected to result from the greater use of CFC for the airframe, the increasing employment of computers, and the electrical transmission of essential control signals. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Lightning, *Military aircraft, International, Military forces(Foreign), West Germany, Aviation accidents, Damage, Case studies, Statistical analysis, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE