flaps30 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?
mke717spotter 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.
rwessel 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:
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 (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?
SEPilot 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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globalflyer 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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ouboy79 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.
CO953 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.
PC12Fan 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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CairnterriAIR 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!
md80fanatic 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.
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.
flaps30 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.
ouboy79 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.
Any opinion/comment posted is that of my own and not that of Southwest Airlines Co.
trent1000 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.