Originally Posted by Greg Who Cooks
You are twice wrong. There are many examples of people being struck by lightning and living, although often with complications. A direct hit is not a good thing but it is not a death sentence.
A good Faraday cage would completely protect you although it would have to be constructed of a good enough conductor to not melt under the energy.
I recommend you do some reading to understand why this works.
I also have an electronic and electrical background.
You have totally missed my point.
"A direct lightning strike is very likely to kill anyone directly struck"
Now we all know what a Faraday cage is now and we all know why an airplane can and will endure direct strikes.
But I dare you to take a direct hit and be able to tell me I am wrong three times. 2 times would be all you had left.
People that live through lightning strikes in most every instance were not struck directly.
Being just in the proximity of the strike can cause severe burns and death.
I have done a good bit of study and work on lightning protection, grounding and bonding of electrical systems. I know the force of lightning. I have repaired and replaced many electrical systems due to lightning damage.
I respect lightning and what it is capable of doing. To minimize the devastation lightning produces is a serious mistake.
To live through lightning most always requires that you not be DIRECTLY hit by the lightning.
Originally Posted by Mad Cook
That's interesting. I remember being told in school science, I think, that an airplane is an example of Faraday's cage which protects it in a lightning strike. Just goes to show you shouldn't believe everything that you are told at school.
You were taught correctly. An airplane is a good Faraday cage inherently. Just by its construction and the materials used to build an airplane.
Lightning striking a flying Faraday cage is probably the best place anyone could be when lightning strikes.
I know a pilot that told me he has been hit more than once with no issue other than a few burn marks on the fuselage.
There is a big difference being in a plane vs being in a solidly grounded (earthed) building or other structure.
There is a bigger difference being out in the open and having lightning strike.
Lightning hits you directly, you die. To live through a direct hit would be like winning the Power Ball Lottery.