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flakzero1959
07-11-2011, 09:14 PM
I was flying in a thunderstorm yesterday, and had lightning hit right in front of my plane. Lit up my entire cockpit in bright white light. Just out of curiosity, is it possible to get hit and damaged by lightning?

Zeus-cat
07-12-2011, 09:23 PM
I don't think so. It is just a visual effect. A darn good one though!

flakzero1959
07-12-2011, 10:51 PM
I sort of expected the answer would be no, but I just thought it would be cool if it could happen.

Stiletto-
07-13-2011, 01:02 AM
If you really want to try to find out, I think there is a line in the config.ini which is the probability of how frequently lightning strikes in thunderstorms. You could raise the number by a much larger amount.

mortoma
07-13-2011, 01:16 AM
Who besides me thought this was going to be a thread about the P-38?

TheCrux
07-13-2011, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by mortoma:
Who besides me thought this was going to be a thread about the P-38?

I must be really out of the loop. I was thinking of gaming during an actual thunderstorm. Heard it's risky enough to be seated at a PC during a storm with intense lightning, but wearing a headset/mic would be more dangerous yet.

flakzero1959
07-13-2011, 08:33 AM
I actually got a screenshot of the lightning bolt in question, but i don't remember how to post one on here.

danjama
07-13-2011, 12:17 PM
This was my first thought!

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/5934542512_9287bac37d_b.jpg

mortoma
07-13-2011, 04:37 PM
Once I read the first post after I found out he wasn't talking about the P-38, I then thought he was talking about flying into a real thunderstorm in a real plane for a minute, thought he was a real pilot! I'm used to reading stuff from real pilots more than sim stuff in here. I was wondering why ATC allowed him into a t'storm and didn't vector him around it! Very dangerous to fly in an actual t'storm in a light plane!! Not so safe in a big one either, if there are heavy up and down drafts/wind shear.

Stiletto-
07-13-2011, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by flakzero1959:
Just out of curiosity, is it possible to get hit and damaged by lightning?

Ask a Zero pilot, right Mortoma? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sorry, that is out of context but at least now you can think this thread is about the P-38 if you just look at that statement. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif