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Photos show Wright-Patterson AFB and US Air Force Museum damaged by tornado

Wright-Patterson AFB and US Air Force Museum damaged by tornado

On Feb. 28, 2024 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), Ohio, sustained damage from suspected tornado. The National Museum of the US Air Force’s Restoration Hangar 4, Gate 22B (I-675 Gate) and several other buildings on WPAFB’s Area B sustained damage after a suspected early-morning tornado touched down yesterday.

According to the National Museum of The US Air Force Facebook page, the 88th Civil Engineer Group, first responders and base safety personnel are assessing damage throughout the base.

An Air Force photo shows a damaged F-104 Starfighter, a Cold War-era fighter jet, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2024.

Col. Travis Pond, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander explained;

“Our initial assessment from this morning’s storm is the damage is isolated to the southern side of Area B. Our initial focus right now is on safety and damage assessment. I can’t speak highly enough about our security forces, Fire Department and civil engineer Airmen for their quick response and hard work to assess damage and determine a path forward for restoring operations as quickly as possible.”

Considerable damage to an F-104 fighter and a T-33 trainer

As reported by Air & Space Forces Magazine, photos uploaded to the base’s Flickr page showed considerable damage to two Cold War-era jets, an F-104 fighter, and a T-33 trainer, and to the hangars behind them. The photos also showed significant damage to the entrance of an Air Force Research Laboratory building. The base did not immediately respond to questions about whether other aircraft or artifacts were damaged. Other photos showed workmen clearing roads of fallen trees.

A photo shows a damaged T-33 jet trainer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2024.

The Dayton Daily News reported some injuries, power outages, and damage in the nearby town of Riverside, with one account of furniture flying out of a store window.

Wright-Patterson AFB and the National Museum of the US Air Force

Wright-Patterson AFB is headquarters for a vast, worldwide logistics system, a world-class laboratory research function, and is the foremost acquisition and development center in the US Air Force. Dozens of associate organizations representing a broad spectrum of Air Force and Department of Defense activities call Wright-Patterson home. The base is comparable to a medium sized city with services ranging from shopping facilities to child care centers. Wright-Patterson’s economic impact to the greater Dayton region is approximately $4 billion.

A photo shows a damaged hangar at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2024.

The base also features The National Air and Space Intelligence Center, an airlift wing, an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance wing, and a range of other units and offices.

The National Museum of the US Air Force, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space.

2023 marked the museum’s 100th Anniversary.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-104C Starfighter 151st FIS, 134th FIG, 56-0890

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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