Posted July 2017
Weird one, today.
We're having major remodeling done at out house. Starting
yesterday, we're very limited as to where we can go, inside the
house, due to the new wood floors being finished. The
first floor is almost uninhabitable, so I'm living upstairs.
Packed the wife off to her sister's, packed the wife's cat off
to the cat hotel, packed a little refrigerator with sodas, and
piled up a batch of munchees and protein bars to maintain the
Had a break in it today, where I could actually leave the house
for a while and get back upstairs when I came home.
Something to eat other than a Hippy-Grain-Mocha-Oats bar and a
diet Dr. Pepper.
It's 75 degrees, light wind, clear skies. Breakfast, then
Good flight. Came back to the home drome to shoot some
touch-and-goes. Was on final for the first one, slipping
hard to get rid of some altitude.
There was a tremendous white flash.
Don't know what it was. Lasted just for an instant. My
impression is that it had traversed backwards, lighting up
mostly the left side of the cockpit. Like a camera flash.
Scared the bejesus out of me. I continued the approach and
made it full-stop instead of a touch-and-go. I taxied back
to the hangar where safety-wire could re-secure my shattered
nerves. Looked at the airplane when I got out.
My guess is that there was something on the ground strongly
reflecting sunlight upwards. I was landing to the
north. The sun is high in the sky this time of year, and
this happened about 1:30 PM to the sun would have been to my
Don't think it was anything electrical from the aircraft (I'm an
electrical engineer, THAT'S the first thing I considered).
All the radios, switches, etc are on the right side of the
panel, not the left.
The only thing makes me wonder is that I heard a kind of quiet
"click" when it happened. Not sure if I imagined it, or
maybe the shoulder harness clinked when I jumped. I had
ear plugs in, and my jaw dropping open might have changed them
enough to cause a click. It would have been immediately
covered by my girlish scream, though.
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