Glider destroyed by lightning

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Offline Graeme Cooper

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« on: 20/02/2010 23:23:03 »
Hi, Sorry I am not a scientist so do please be gentle with me! I was just doing a Google search and I see there are some articles about a glider that was destroyed by lightning back in 1999. Well My I am the passenger that was in the glider that day who had to parachute to safety and I thought some of you may be interested to see my "Scrap book" of the days events. Click on this link:- http://sites.google.com/site/thebig40reachfortheskiesagain/
The attachment on the page is the Scrap book with photos of the wreckage etc. there are also radio and tv interviews and  reconstructions that you can watch / listen to on that page.
I went up again 10 years later with the same pilot, you can read all about it.
All the best
Graeme Cooper

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« Reply #1 on: 21/02/2010 10:15:09 »
Thanks for that. An interesting story.
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« Reply #2 on: 21/02/2010 12:25:02 »
Yes, many thanks for letting us know about your web page.

I was initially told the about the incident by a gliding friend (who has taken me up for a couple of flights) after I asked him about how gliders handle lightning, following a question about aircraft and lightning strikes posted on this forum.

Thanks again.
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« Reply #3 on: 21/02/2010 16:45:40 »
You are both welcome, A friend of mine flew a glider at the same club a year before me but was not given a parachute. I am glad they starting using them!