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How do flying airplanes
disperse lightning and electricity?

Many airplanes have aluminum conductors that ground the electricity. A modern Boeing airplane has a graphite composite made out of a lightweight carbon, fiberglass, and cloth on both sides with resin chemicals which they make strong multiple layers on the airplane. Conductive metal skins keeps lightning away from the interior of the plane. For example, the Boeing 787 uses a composite material that covers the Faraday cage that draws the lighting away. There is a special grounding strip throughout the airplane that directs the lightning to the ground.

When the outside of an airplane is hit by a bolt of lightning, the current will travel through the metal shell of the airplane, and exit out of the plane.

On an airplane there is a static wick, which is a piece of metal that is connected electrically to the frame. These wicks are incased in a fiberglass rod to insulate it from the plane. This helps built up static electricity pass through the outside of the plane instead of inside the airplane.

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The fuselage is the main body of an aircraft and his made mainly of carbon fiber. Fuselage surfaces are sometimes embedded with copper and nickel meshes. Composite material, a part of the fuselage, with no embedded metal, shows damage after being hit by lightning.

The aluminum hull outside of the airplane has no cracks so the lightning can not get into the airplane. When the outside of the airplane is hit by a bolt of lightning, usually at the wing tips or the nose, the current will travel through the metal shell of the airplane, and the exit out of the plane towards the ground.

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