Some F-16s Repaired After Severe Storm Damage

By Joe Gullo , Steph Machado

Published 07/24 2014 11:37AM

Updated 07/25 2014 12:23AM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -  The Vermont Air National Guard thought it would take 4 to 6 weeks to fix the F-16 fighter jets after severe storms collapsed the hangers on July 8 and damaged the planes inside.

Thursday, the Guard said 5 of the 6 planes were fixed weeks ahead of schedule.

“There’s so many variables when stuff that this happens. So throwing down timelines, estimates, you just don't know the extent of the damage and repairs until you really get in there and make an assessment,” said Lt. Col. David Shevchik.

“People were basically working until 6 a.m. until the night shift ends at 11 at night,” he said of the airmen and women repairing the aircraft.

Only one jet is waiting for parts to come in. It’s missing the "vertical stabilizer" from its tail end.

Engineers are now trying to figure out what happened with the wrecked hanger doors.

“So this doesn't happen again, the two doors that were faulty have been removed,” Shevchik said.

For now, no person or equipment is allowed near those hangers.

“Nobody was hurt. Which is really amazing when you have large doors like that collapse,” he said.

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