Planes tossed by winds at Meacham Airport

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by GARY ULTEE and JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 4:59 PM

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FORT WORTH - Large gaping holes could be seen on the roofs of hangars at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth.

There were reports of about a dozen aircraft tossed by winds clocked at up to 80 mph during the storms Sunday night. One airplane could be seen flipped onto its top side.

Sheet metal could be seen torn away from the roofs of the hangars and on the ground several feet away from the structure. Much of the damage was reported at Hangar 24.

Stan Baker figures he lost more than anyone else as those storms tore through Tarrant County Sunday night.

Not only did the winds damage his private plane at Meacham — a 1965 Russian fighter jet — but also his boat, docked ten miles away at Eagle Mountain Lake.

"I guess Mother Nature had my number last night," said Baker, 27, who owns a charter airplane service at the airport. "I don't think anyone has lost a plane and a boat in the same day," he said.

The roof of one hangar collapsed on nearly a dozen planes. Gusts also battered a nearby hangar housing helicopters.

"We got quite a bit of damage," said William Welstead, Fort Worth's director of aviation. "It's pretty extensive."

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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