flaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 297 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week ago) and read 10260 times:
With the tragic tornado in Oklahoma last week, it got me wondering whether a tornado has ever directly hit a major US airport in the modern jet age era and have any jet aircraft ever been destroyed by a tornado?
mke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2513 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9692 times:
There was a rare occurrence back in 2000 when a weak tornado sprang up on the northwest side of MKE. I remember watching the local news and they were talking via telephone with the guys up in the ATC tower about it.
rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2628 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9336 times:
A tornado hit Carswell AFB on 1-Sep-1952, damaging 2/3rds of the entire USAF B-36 fleet at the time. Of the 83 B-36s* damaged, some quite seriously, 81 were eventually returned to SAC service (the last repaired aircraft was return to SAC in May of the following year). One B-36 was outright destroyed, and the other eventually flew again as part of the nuclear powered bomber program as a NB-36H.
aswissinmad From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9140 times:
When I was working for TWA in the early 90's I remember our company newsletter mentioning a tornado hitting the Trans World Express hangar at PHL and damaging the facility and possibly an aircraft or two. Could not find anything on the web though. Does anyone remember this?
SEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 7364 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9100 times:
There was a tornado that hit BDL a long time ago-I think it was the 80's. It was not a big one (we do not see big tornadoes in New England, and even small ones are rare); it did not hit the passenger terminals, but some of the GA facilities were hit. The biggest damage was to the Air Museum; a B-17 and a B-29 were very badly damaged.
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globalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 980 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8963 times:
During Hurricane Andrew in the 90s, MIA was affected. I remember seeing a beautiful Braniff 727-200 in the Ultra colourscheme being slammed into a drainage ditch. This was Braniff version III I believe.
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ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4645 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8806 times:
Probably one of the most important of all is March 25, 1948 when Tinker AFB in OKC/Midwest City was struck. The uniqueness behind this was this is also the first verification that conditions favorable for tornadoes was forecast.
CO953 From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8189 times:
"February 2006 tornado
At about 2:30 EST in the morning on February 2, 2006, a tornado touched down on the grounds of MSY. The damage from the tornado was significant but primarily confined to Concourse C, where American, United, AirTran Airways, and international arrivals were based. Many temporary repairs dating from Hurricane Katrina failed, including one roof patch, forcing airlines based in the concourse to relocate operations to vacant gates. Jetways and other ground equipment also sustained damage. The damage was rated by the National Weather Service and the tornado was rated F1. As of late 2006, all of this had been repaired."
I flew into MSY the morning after the tornado hit. Was a heck of a sight, with blown-out & boarded-up windows. Having just weathered Katrina 5 months before, and MSY still being nearly a ghost town anyway, seeing the tornado damage and the seas of empty gates really felt like pulling into a war zone. Eerie feeling.