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Has A Tornado Ever Directly Hit A US Airport?  
User currently onlineflaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 275 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8790 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, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8782 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, 4312 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8776 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


User currently onlineflaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8763 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, 1569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8653 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, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8381 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, 2401 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8222 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, 6264 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8191 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, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8177 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 (10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8162 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, 6940 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8072 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, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8004 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, 832 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7910 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, 2238 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7866 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 (10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7670 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, 6676 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7630 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, 970 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7551 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, 901 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 7493 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, 4481 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7336 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



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User currently offlineCO953 From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6719 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 (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6696 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, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6585 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, 907 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6551 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, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6550 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, 2064 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6406 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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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2378 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6278 times:

Quoting flaps30 (Reply 3):
Were the aircraft written off or did they return to service?

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 MD-80 with unknown damage.
A Southwest that got spun while on gate, but I believe the damage was not too bad on that one IIRC.

The Main Terminal and Concourse C took the brunt of it. It was surreal walking in C on nothing but broken glass.



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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2667 posts, RR: 8
Reply 26, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6160 times:

Quoting Mcoov (Reply 20):
Didn't a tornado-produced phenomenon down a USAir DC-9 in 1991? CLT I think.

A microburst. Usually found in severe thunderstorms but not necessarily produced by tornadic conditions.



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User currently offlinedelawareusa From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

Denver late 90s. I don;t think it damaged aircraft, but we all evacuated to the "shelters" aka bathrooms.

User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5266 times:

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, destroyed the CT Air National Guard fligh line of helicopters..strewing them all over the main runway...destroyed the Air Museum, demolished hundreds of buildings in not only Windsor Locks, but Suffield as well...and killed several people. Still to this day, it is ranked in the top 20 of the most costly tornadoes. And as for twisters not being big here in New England...let me tell you about the nice big fat low end EF4 wedge that did took a direct hit on Springfield and did a 40+ mile dance across half the state..just two years ago. They're still picking up wreckage and cutting up downed trees from that one!

User currently offlinemd80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2659 posts, RR: 10
Reply 29, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5212 times:

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 airport, nor was it a major tornado .... but it did do significant damage nonetheless.

http://www.kvue.com/news/Remembering-the-1980-tornado-121788579.html


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2480 posts, RR: 3
Reply 30, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5092 times:

Quoting delawareusa (Reply 27):

Denver late 90s. I don;t think it damaged aircraft, but we all evacuated to the "shelters" aka bathrooms.

Hence the "tornado shelter" signs posted on each exterior bathroom entrance wall at DIA these days.

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User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3783 posts, RR: 34
Reply 31, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4835 times:

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 at an AA gate when the tornado hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfsZhWfAO0I

It starts out and he's just filming the gate area from his seat. You catch a quick glimpse of the AA gate agent standing at the podium with her back to the windows. You can hear the tornado coming about 1:02 and you'll see this woman seated in front of one of the windows jump up and start running. Later, you can see the busted out windows and the AA gate agent (who had run around to the front side of the podium and was crouching) start to get up.

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User currently offlinercair1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1292 posts, RR: 52
Reply 32, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4681 times:
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There have been several small tornadoes near DIA in the past few years. No real damage.


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User currently offlineTardis From UK - England, joined Dec 2012, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

Can't we just google things like this? I don't mean to be nasty, but really.

User currently onlineflaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

Quoting Tardis (Reply 33):
Can't we just google things like this? I don't mean to be nasty, but really.

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 people and not stupid news reports that regularly get the facts wrong regarding aviation.



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User currently offlineouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4481 posts, RR: 22
Reply 35, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 26):
A microburst. Usually found in severe thunderstorms but not necessarily produced by tornadic conditions.

Really? A microburst not "necessarily produced" by tornadic conditions? That would be pretty darn interesting if it were even possible to happen. You are talking about the complete collapse of the updraft and the storm going outflow dominant. Tornadogenesis requires healthy inflow into the storm, something that will be extremely difficult to have with the storm being undercut by outflow.  



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User currently offlinetrent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 510 posts, RR: 2
Reply 36, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Kansas City MCI has certainly prepared for such an event with emergency shelters within the terminal buildings. I assume that other major airports have the same facilities, which hopefully will never be required for sudden mass evacuations.

User currently offlinecopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 37, posted (10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

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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