Sunday's Hail Storm Damages Plane Headed to AirVenture Oshkosh

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Hail in Wisconsin Rapids damaged homes, gardens, cars, and even a few planes early Sunday morning. Including one that was going to be in AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The pilot was forced to withdraw it from the event.

"It was home built," said Howard Joling, Wisconsin Rapids Airport Manager. "It really looked nice it was sharp. he was going to enter it in a contest, but of course that won't happen now because it has hail damage."

While that plane still flew to Oshkosh, one other plane remains in a hangar at Alexander Field South Wood County Airport. It's an example of the damage the hail caused.

"The damage is not repairable. You just can't repair because you would have to re-skin the whole aircraft, which is not worth it," said Joling.

The plane, originally built in the 1960s, is now worth thousands of dollars less.

"It was probably worth around thirty two thousand before," Joling said. "Maybe you can get ten thousand for it now but I'm not sure. The resale value has gone way down. Because who wants to buy an airplane full of dents?"

However, the damage is only skin deep. The planes that were damaged can still fly.

"If a person doesn't mind the dents, they'll still have a good airplane. But most people want an airplane that looks nice," Joling said.

Sunday morning's hail may have taken one plane out of flying at this year's AirVenture, but it hasn't taken it out of the sky completely.


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