Hurricane Charley Firsthand — Punta Gorda Air Terminal Gallery
On Friday and Saturday, Hurricane Charley struck the Punta Gorda
Terminal in Florida hard and fast. AVweb staffers were on hand
to capture the devastation.
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|Aircraft Depot, a local maintenance shop, lost both hangar doors, and aircraft inside were blown out of the hangar.|
|The view looking northwest, near the terminal. A number of upended aircraft came to rest against the terminal, inside its fence.|
|Several rows of T-hangars like these — some with airplanes inside, some blown out and destroyed, some blown out relatively intact. On the other hand, newer T-hangars on the northwest side of the field were largely intact.|
|Despite the mayhem, a lucky few aircraft emerged relatively undamaged. This Bonanza's nosegear collapsed, bending the prop. But it remained upright.|
|High winds leveled this steel building, located south of the Punta Gorda terminal buildings.|
|Punta Gorda's resident DC-3 was driven back and knocked off its gear. It suffered significant wing damage.|
|This Cessna broke free of it's tiedowns, tumbled into a ball and stopped in a drainage ditch.|
|Several rows of T-hangars north of the terminal building were destroyed. Some aircraft went with them, some were damaged, and a lucky few remained mostly intact inside the wrecked structures.|
Another structural failure. We believe this wooden homebuilt was tied down without its wings attached. However, high winds ripped the tail section off.
|The airport terminal building suffered serious roof damage but appears to be structurally sound.|
|Some aircraft were smashed beyond recognition. This upended hulk is a Cessna Skymaster.|
|Many airplanes were ripped from their hangars and tumbled across the ramp like toys. We believe this wreck is a Taylorcraft.|
|Sometimes, strong ropes aren't enough. This Tomahawk was securely tied down but the wind — or debris — twisted off the tail.|
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