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Wendover Coil Vs USAF lightning TesT?
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- Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 16:30:48 -0600
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Original poster: syd <tesla@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
That coil is running great! Anyone know how much power is being fed to it
in this video?
Must admit that the USAF 'lightning test' claims are absurd. The only
similarity between tesla coil arcs and atmospheric lightning is that they
look alike, somewhat, and that they are beautiful to watch. I can't imagine
a single useful piece of lightning survivability data that could be derived
from from spraying a little model plane with perhaps a couple milliamperes
of RF alternating current, when lightning strikes it carry tens of
thousands (more?) of DC amperes. Seems that a massive Van de Graaf
generator, or Marx bank would better simulate the effects of an actual
But whether it was a PR stunt, or just a way to reach into the deep pockets
of the U.S. Military, I'm glad the machine was able to be built!