Green Flash

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  1. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,666 posts, 2,621 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I've seen the Northern lights three times and all three times they looked different.
    I spent the night on top of Mount Madison, they looked like the underside of ocean waves rolling across the sky.
    Another time, in Erroll NH. They were changing colors fading from pink to green to blue and yellows.
    The last time I saw them was here in littleton, they were cast ribbons hanging in the sky.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  2. ifmdalvey

    ifmdalvey

    Joined Feb 2, 2010
    312 posts, 22 likes
    Island Packet 37 Hull #2
    US Harpswell Me
    My weirdest experience whilst flying, way north of the northern cape, north of Murmansk, around Bear Island, was watching a sunrise and sunset at the same time. Flying north and looking out the port window was the sun setting and looking out the starboard window was the sunrise.
     


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  3. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Now that’s cool right there.
     


  4. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    4,666 posts, 2,621 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    o_O

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


  5. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,827 posts, 187 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
    Makes doing Travel Vouchers a bitch
     


  6. NotCook

    NotCook

    Joined Dec 29, 2008
    675 posts, 193 likes
    Treworgy 65' Custom Steel Pilothouse Staysail Ketch
    US St. Croix, Virgin Islands
    Zackly! And that makes it even more impressive. Two sunsets, 34 hours apart, and the same date. Try to get your head around that one!
     


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  7. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,421 posts, 312 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Every time we started the engines on an SR71, the chemical igniter would light off the JP7 with a green flash, so I guess I have seen the green flash, a hundred times or so.
     


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  8. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    3,655 posts, 1,338 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    Fast and easy way to see a Green Flash many times.
    1) Butane Lighter
    2) Yellow Cellophane

    Peer at Lighter through the Yellow Cellophane and light the Lighter.:)

    Show all your friends at sunset.:pimp:
    Jim...
     


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  9. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    1,003 posts, 212 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
  10. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,827 posts, 187 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
  11. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    1,003 posts, 212 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
  12. heritage

    heritage

    Joined Apr 22, 2011
    536 posts, 109 likes
    Hunter 27
    US Cherry Point MCAS
    Totally off topic here. But after TomJs comment about the SR-71 I recalled a time when I saw one that had diverted into our base and was quickly shuttled into an empty hanger. The interesting thing was that there were a couple of guys that were moping up and squeegeeing the JP7 fuel that was leaking out of the cracks in the wings. It seems that the metal in the wings expand and contract so much that is was impossible to get a good seal.
     


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  13. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,421 posts, 312 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Exactly right. If we may get off topic for a minute, I would add that the seams sealed in flight as the airframe heated up from friction with the atmosphere. I felt bad for a fireman at Nellis AFB in Nevada when he kept hosing down the leaks as we went about our business preflighting the Blackbird. He finally threw down his fire hose in disgust, and walked away, saying "If they don't care, I don't care!" Poor guy was only doing his job.
     




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