VIDEO: Microburst Event Forces Super Cubs Airborne

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Extremely strong winds at the USAF Academy Airfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado, caused a dangerous emergency situation for pilots of four tow planes sitting on the tarmac as a 55-knot spring gust front swept across the airport.


Two of the four pilots were forced to take to the air or risk having their Piper Super Cubs flipped over as bystanders jumped onto the wings of gliders to keep them on the ground.  The video, filmed from the control tower, was captured this past April 23 as students prepared for glider lessons at the mountain airport, where strong winds can start without warning. 

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