Lightning Strikes F-18 Fighter Jet: Caught On Video

first published on December 31, 2018 by

Video has surfaced reportedly showing lightning striking a Kuwaiti F-18 fighter jet while it cruises at 30,000 feet.


The video was uploaded to Twitter account handle Muhammad bin Khalid (@MbKS15) with very little additional information. However, other reports of the incident predict that the aircraft likely sustained no damage.

Although aircraft are struck by lightning each year, it’s rare that it causes them to crash. Modern aircraft have resistance to lightning strikes built into their design due to the Faraday Cage feature. The Faraday Cage diffuses electrical current throughout the fuselage. Although survivability against lightning strikes is a perk of the design, the real reason for its use is to keep aircraft flying when subjected to electromagnetic pulses following nuclear detonations.


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