Well, I need to contact my friend Chuck Cooper and tell him that the photographs of the RJ he sent me and said had been damaged by lightning was a mistake. As it turns out there was a fire in the cockpit just behind the pilot's head that occurred while the aircraft was on the ground.
Sorry, not damage by a lightning strike. However, this doesn't change the fact that pilots need to be careful around lightning. It is still dangerous, and aviation itself remains a dangerous endeavor. Nonetheless, I keep thinking that most folks won't want to climb aboard an aircraft without a pilot on board. There has never been a computer built that comes close to the human mind, and I doubt one ever will.
In other news a replica Tiger Moth took a solo flight after the pilot propped the aircraft which promptly jumped the chocks and flew off on its own. After a short flight it struck some trees and come to an abrupt halt. You see, aviation is dangerous even if your aren't in the aircraft!
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
When asked why he was referred to as 'Ace':
Because during World War Two I was responsible for the destruction of six aircraft, fortunately three were enemy.
— Captain Ray Lancaster, USAAF.