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Sid Kemp says
Thank you very much SidKemp for the clear answer. :)
A Little TRUTH says
Good point - the primary charge is in the Earth, not the cloud, and the plane has less charge than the Earth. I was forgetting that lightning goes upward!
Yeah, it happens so quickly that you would hardly notice the start and the finish! I'll take your advice and lie flat on the ground during a storm! Thanks for commenting !!!