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April 26, 2011

Rarely seen photos of the large tornado striking McConnell Air Force Base on April 26, 1991

Chris Feibig was at McConnell when the infamous April 26 tornado struck the base as part of its long trail of destruction through the Wichita metropolitan area. He shared a handful of photographs with me – most of which I had never seen.

Here are a few of them:

My view of the tornado from downtown Wichita was heavily obscured by rain, so these shots are informative for me.

As you can see, the tornado wasn’t a “wedge” as it went through McConnell. The National Weather Service estimated the tornado was an F3 at this point.

The tornado strengthened and widened as it reached eastern Sedgwick County, and was an F5 by the time it hit Andover.

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