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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Rain 'n A Lot Of Pain
A horrific thunderstorm kept feeding nasty tornadic weather right across central Florida, and at one point we had a funnel cloud which may have touched down, depending on who you talked to, and flipped airplanes around like so many child's toys.
The two Dakota Cubs I flew out in from Sioux Falls were not spared. The 180hp Cub Speedy Richardson and I flew the last two days of our 6-day flight was destroyed. The Cub flown by Amy Gersch was damaged but should be able to fly home, though the cowling was dinged up pretty bad and the metal prop was gouged by the wreckage of the other Cub which flipped, ripping out its double tie downs like they were anchored in peanut butter, and landed on Amy's plane.
I hunkered down in the Sun 'n Fun Museum (big steel building) with a couple hundred other anxious showgoers, including Dan Johnson and his wife Randee.
Our sincerest regrets, condolences and wishes for solid insurance policies for all those who suffered losses today.
Posted by James Lawrence at 10:55 PM