Accession Number:

AD0724092

Title:

Lightning Hazard to Aircraft,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR WEATHER SERVICE SCOTT AFB ILL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

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

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE