Close Encounter with a Gigantic Jet

Posted: October 27, 2019 by oldbrew in atmosphere, Travel

One jet meets another 😎

Oct. 25, 2019: When you see lightning, run! So NOAA advises in lightning safety brochures. On Oct. 15th, however, pilot Chris Holmes had no place to go when lightning started to crackle in thunderstorms around his aircraft. Like it or not, he was in position for a close encounter … with a Gigantic Jet.

“I was flying 35,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico near the Yucatan Peninsula when a super cell started pulsing with light,” he says. “It wasn’t just ordinary lightning, though. The cell was also creating lots of sprites and jets. They were leaping up from the thunderhead.”

At a distance of only 35 miles, he video-recorded a towering Gigantic Jet:


“It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in my aviation career,” he says.

Sometimes called “Earth’s tallest lightning,” Gigantic Jets were discovered in 2001-2002 shooting out of thunderstorms near Taiwan and Puerto Rico. Since then…

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  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    Interesting picture, the color and shape reminds me of the jet that I created with the discharge of the pincushion plasma jet at the center of my great coil. A 2 million volt flat spiral wound Tesla coil see:

  2. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Impressive! Now can someone explain how the (obviously) massive voltage differential occurred that created this discharge, and between what two bodies?

  3. oldbrew says:

    Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space? This program premiered on June 18, 2014 on PBS.

    Between the blue sky above and the infinite blackness beyond lies a frontier that scientists have only just begun to investigate. In “At the Edge of Space,” NOVA takes viewers on a spectacular exploration of the Earth-space boundary that’s home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites. Only discovered in 1989, sprites have eluded capture because they exist for a mere split-second—40-times faster than an eye blink. NOVA rides with scientists in a high-flying weather observation plane on a hunt for sprites, finally snaring them in 3D video and gaining vital clues to unraveling their mystery. Combining advanced video technology with stunning footage shot from the International Space Station, “At the Edge of Space” probes the boundary zone and offers an entirely new perspective on our home planet.

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    BoyfromTottenham says:
    October 28, 2019 at 5:47 am

    “Impressive! Now can someone explain how the (obviously) massive voltage differential occurred that created this discharge, and between what two bodies?”

    Tesla pointed out the the atmosphere acts like a giant condenser. Gravity causes warpage of the atomic dielectric of it’s gases. French Army Engineers measured 300 volts per meter of elevation on the Great Pyramid in the dry desert air. Below the Tropophause, convection tends to mix this gravitational electrical layering, but it does exist and ground to cloud lightning is the result of the breakdown of the insulation value of the diaelectric to this gravity caused stress…pg

  5. p.g.sharrow says:

    you might look at this pictorial:

    note the warpage of the positive nucleus from the center within it’s electron-shell. This warpage is the same whether caused by EMF fields or caused by gravity. The operation of a condenser, the operation of a linear accelerator and the acceleration under gravity is all the result of induced warpage