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Old 08-06-2007, 01:59 PM   #15
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That's what I heard....
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:01 PM   #16
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I'm sure I've heard that somewhere as well. Good thing Terry reminded us.
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Old 08-06-2007, 05:50 PM   #17
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Ya know, Dave, if your running gear were properly balanced, it would throw the lightning off your wheels onto someone else's coach, thereby saving you from costly repairs...
As long as the neighbor has an sob!!!!!

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Old 08-06-2007, 06:01 PM   #18
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A fire tower lookout told me a story about how he and his wife were sitting on their glass insulated stools during a lightning storm. She reached over and took an enamel coffee pot off the stove and, as she poured coffee into his metal cup, St. Elmo's fire--blue lightning-- came through and burned them both on the hand. I had lightning come through the plumbing (I guess) when I was kneeling in the bathtub rinsing my hair, and zap me on the head. So, it's not just direct strikes, it's like a free form energy that can travel thru things.
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Old 08-06-2007, 06:14 PM   #19
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I guess I had that coming to me....LOL

AAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

I just spoke with Richard T. Smith, former NASA employee ( rocket scientist ), and current robotics engineer. He assured me that
unbalanced running gear would not invite lightening anymore than
a perfectly balanced system.

P.S. A little help here Andy ?????????
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Old 08-06-2007, 06:57 PM   #20
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

I just spoke with Richard T. Smith, former NASA employee ( rocket scientist ), and current robotics engineer. He assured me that
unbalanced running gear would not invite lightening anymore than
a perfectly balanced system.

P.S. A little help here Andy ?????????
I don’t know. Terry’s been struck twice. I believe he knows a little about being unbalanced.

I wouldn’t blame Andy for not touching this thread.

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Old 08-06-2007, 07:36 PM   #21
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My previous wife was struck while driving in her car. Fortunatly no damage done to her (the storm may have suffered...err that was her quote not mine). Probably struck is the wrong term as she was badly shocked but not burned. THere is something to being inside a shell, and many an old sailboater used the cone of safety a grounded mast provided...but as always don't make yourself part of a circuit!
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:28 PM   #22
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Other than keeping running gear balanced, I would think being surrounded by the AS' double aluminum hull and support would protect the interior much as the steel body of a car does. At least, that's what I told my kids during storms when they were little.

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