Re: getting hit by lightning

From:         Pete Mellor <>
Date:         10 Jul 96 12:47:14 
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Jon Ward <> wrote on Tue Jul  9 21:28:00 1996:-

> I presume (for the purposes of lighting strike) that one can treat the body
> of the plane as a Faraday cage.

That was always my understanding. However, I have heard that the
increasing use of composites in airframe construction has significantly
reduced the "Faraday cage" properties of modern airliners. Anyone know
anything about this?

Peter Mellor, Centre for Software Reliability, City University, Northampton
Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK. Tel: +44 (171) 477-8422, Fax: +44 (171) 477-8585