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Has A Tornado Ever Directly Hit A US Airport?  
User currently offlineflaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 287 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 9436 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?


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User currently offlinemhkansan From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 9429 times:

There was a tornado that directly hit STL airport in 2011, damaging the terminal and aircraft - including three flights with passengers aboard.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_St._Louis_tornado


User currently offlineiowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4403 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 9423 times:
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There was one in April 2011 that hit STL. There weren't any aircraft destroyed as far as I know, but there was significant damage to the terminal.

Quote:
The reported tornado twisted metal and blew out plate-glass windows in the airport's main terminal, CNN affiliate KSDK reported.

Four people were transported to nearby hospitals with injuries, Slay said.

Passengers were hit with flying glass and debris as winds ripped off part of the roof in the airport's C concourse, the station reported.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/22/missouri.severe.weather/index.html



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User currently offlineflaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 9409 times:

Quoting mhkansan (Reply 1):

There was a tornado that directly hit STL airport in 2011

Thanks. I had forgotten about that one. What were the aircraft involved? Were the aircraft written off or did they return to service?



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User currently offlineBreninTW From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 9299 times:

An older thread asking pretty much the same question.

Has A Tornado Ever Hit A Major Airport? (by DiscoverCSG Jan 10 2008 in Civil Aviation)

EDIT:

The thread about the tornado hitting STL:
Tornado Hits STL Lambert International (by RyeFly Apr 22 2011 in Civil Aviation)

And one about a tornado hitting Gainesville in Texas
Gainesville Texas Airport Hit By Tornado (by BravoGolf Apr 29 2006 in Civil Aviation)

[Edited 2013-05-23 20:51:32]


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User currently offline9lflyguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 9027 times:

There's a video somewhere of a tornado spinning a CRJ. I can't find it now.


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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 8868 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.

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/document/tor/030800.php



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6388 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 8837 times:

There was video of a Tornado tearing up the flightline (and a brace of KC-135's) at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, in 1991...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkxRaX62Hkk

[Edited 2013-05-23 23:10:07]


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User currently offlineuncgso From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 8824 times:

In May 2008 a tornado hit GSO damaging planes and buildings ...

http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=103203


User currently offlineSDF880 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 8808 times:

March 1986 a tornado hit the south side of CVG smashing the Comair hanger and some planes inside and destroying some smaller aircraft on the Servair ramp next door.

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 8718 times:

MEM was hit in 2008 by an EF2. Tornado emergency issued; a fed ex hanger was damaged.


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User currently offlinekordcj From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 8650 times:

Not a major airport but on Christmas 2006 a tornado touched down in Daytona Beach and destroyed a good majority of the Embry-Riddle fleet and a few buildings on campus.


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User currently offlinePlainplane From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 844 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 8556 times:

Also LAL got hit by a tornado during the Sun 'n Fun 2011 airshow, I got to see a little bit of the aftermath first hand.


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User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2353 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 8512 times:
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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.


*Several other aircraft were damaged as well.


User currently offlineaswissinmad From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8316 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?

User currently offlineSEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 6910 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8276 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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User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1046 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8197 times:

A major tornado hit Wichita Falls, Texas and Sheppard Air Force Base in 1964:

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2008/apr/02/twisted-memories/


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 928 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8139 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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User currently offlineouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4600 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7982 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.

http://www.outlook.noaa.gov/tornadoes/torn50.htm


User currently offlineCO953 From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7365 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.


User currently offlineMcoov From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7342 times:

Didn't a tornado-produced phenomenon down a USAir DC-9 in 1991? CLT I think.

User currently offline9lflyguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7231 times:

Quoting Mcoov (Reply 20):

Didn't a tornado-produced phenomenon down a USAir DC-9 in 1991? CLT I think.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzsTZlKX4m4



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User currently offlineJBAirwaysFan From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1008 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7197 times:

Quoting kordcj (Reply 11):

Not a major airport but on Christmas 2006 a tornado touched down in Daytona Beach and destroyed a good majority of the Embry-Riddle fleet and a few buildings on campus.

Not to mention a DL* CRJ landing from LGA as it hit.



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User currently offlinesparky35805 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7196 times:
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Atornado hit HSV in November 1973,heavily damaging the FBO hangar.One hit the freight terminal at ATL late 70s-early 80s damaging several aircraft.

User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2125 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7052 times:

Looks like Altus AFB took a hit in May 1982...towards the bottom of this page is a series of pics of the damage and several beaten-up C-5s and C-141s:

http://www.c141heaven.info/dotcom/places/altus.php



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25 PC12Fan : All returned to service. An AA 757 that had a metal panel impaled in the rudder and weather vaned away from the jetway. Other damage unknown. An AA M
26 einsteinboricua : A microburst. Usually found in severe thunderstorms but not necessarily produced by tornadic conditions.
27 delawareusa : Denver late 90s. I don;t think it damaged aircraft, but we all evacuated to the "shelters" aka bathrooms.
28 CairnterriAIR : The tornado that hit BDL on October 3, 1979 was INDEED a big one...an EF4 that while didn't hit the terminal, it did indeed cross the runways, destroy
29 Post contains links md80fanatic : The old AUS (Robert Mueller) airport in Austin was hit by a tornado and part of the roof of the terminal building was damaged. It was NOT a major airp
30 777fan : Hence the "tornado shelter" signs posted on each exterior bathroom entrance wall at DIA these days. 777fan
31 Post contains links LoneStarMike : Re: the STL tornado - I think most have seen the footage taken by the security cameras, but there's another video taken by a passenger who was sitting
32 rcair1 : There have been several small tornadoes near DIA in the past few years. No real damage.
33 Tardis : Can't we just google things like this? I don't mean to be nasty, but really.
34 flaps30 : I guess we can Google just about any topic that is brought up on this forum, so what is your point? Sometimes we just like the input from aviation pe
35 Post contains images ouboy79 : Really? A microburst not "necessarily produced" by tornadic conditions? That would be pretty darn interesting if it were even possible to happen. You
36 trent1000 : Kansas City MCI has certainly prepared for such an event with emergency shelters within the terminal buildings. I assume that other major airports hav
37 copter808 : Don't remember when, but MSN took a tornado hit which flattened a hangar and aircraft on the east side of the airport.
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