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Feb. 26, 1971: Milt Stollak looks over his Cessna 150 that was overturned by high winds at Van Nuys Airport. Stollak, of Hollywood, said the cost of fixing the aircraft would be more than it's worth. This photo was published in the Feb. 27, 1971, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Markado / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 3, 1971: Gino Di Sano of Arcadia, adjusts chain saw for use on a 200-year-old oak tree that was knocked over onto his garage by high winds. This photo was published in the Jan. 4, 1971, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1970: About a dozen trees are blown down on Hartzell Street in Pacific Palisades. This photo was published in the Dec. 22, 1970, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

April 4, 1973: Store officials inspect damage caused by high winds that blew in the front windows of a Safeway store on Figueroa Street near Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. Part of the store's sign crashed into checkstands. There were no injuries but damage was estimated at $20,000. This photo was published in the April 5, 1973, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: James Caccavo / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 31, 1974: Jim Emerson with his aircraft, flipped by the wind at San Fernando Airport. This photo was published in the Jan. 1, 1975, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

April 9, 1974: Los Angeles County lifeguards and bystanders attempt to beach a 25-foot sloop that ran aground near Topanga Canyon. Don Schwimley, 65, of Oxnard, said his jib ripped in 40-knot winds and he was unable to make headway. This photo was published in the April 10, 1974, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 8, 1974: Mitch Sands Jr. fights a gust of wind while helping his father, in background, remove 150 feet of toppled construction fencing on Ventura Boulevard in Encino. Swirling grains and debris on left were caught by camera flash. This photo was published in the Dec. 9, 1974, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 31, 1974: Steel scaffolding for a ramp under construction on the Simi Valley Freeway near Paxton Street was felled by high winds. This photo was published in the Jan. 1, 1975, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. January 23, 2014, 9:34 am

    I owned a Piper Colt at Sussex Airport in New Jersey and in March 1976, like 15 other aircraft, it ended up looking just like Mr. Stollak's Cessna 150. Except that the tail of my plane had been tied down with a bundle of cinder blocks chained together and these flew up and through the back of the fuselage as the plane flipped. In my case, we did rebuild the plane and about nine months later it was back in the air.
    Apparently we were all victims of what we would now call a microburst.

    By: x3pilot@yhoo.com

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