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The first sign that something was wrong was the static on his radio. Then as he was about to speak to his wingman, Navy Cmdr. Abaxes "Chili" Williams, flying a F/A-18 Hornet over the Gulf of Mexico east of St. Bernard Parish, felt a warm sensation in his fingertips on the radio trigger.
"And then, white," Williams said. "A pretty, magnificent, bright, almost shiny white."
Williams already knew peril in the air. Before he joined the Navy Reserve's Strike Fighter Squadron 204, known as the River Rattlers, he was a Marine Corps fighter pilot who flew combat missions over Afghanistan and patrolled the no-fly zone over southern Iraq. He had been flying airplanes that were struck by lightning, too, both in Hornets and the Boeing 737 commercial airliners he flies for Continental in his civilian job.
But this time, the lightning strike was different. This time, he felt it.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: RickyD
Yeah they were. Without both of them working as a team the way they did this probably would have ended differently.