A powerful storm tore through Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, Arizona, September 12, leaving a swath of destruction including wrecked aircraft and damaged hangars.
Airport officials and locals spent the next morning assessing the damage and cleaning up the destruction that included significant damage to many hangars, businesses, and aircraft, including hangars that have been on the airport since 1941 and World War II-era aircraft.
Pilot and local resident Trevor Jones, whose father keeps his Lancair at Falcon Field, received an early morning call from a friend urging him to go check on the aircraft. “I drove out there, and complete carnage,” Jones wrote in a text message exchange. “Hangar doors are gone, airplanes flipped over everywhere, I believe 12 airplanes are complete losses.”
Thankfully for Jones, the Lancair only sustained minimal damage to the tail hook. “It was a miracle," Jones wrote. “There is an old, scrapped T–28 parked beside it and if it wasn’t for that airplane, I don’t think my dad’s plane would be ok at all. It could have been flipped. There is a nearly 5-foot hole in the T–28.”
“I have friends that work for one of the flight schools and their whole fleet is gone,” Jones continued. “They don’t know if they have jobs now. Luckily nobody was hurt but I just feel bad for those affected with their jobs. Falcon is such a tight-knit airport and we all care about each other, everyone knows everyone so we’ll pull together as a whole.”