As many as 50 U.S. and Coalition military helicopters were badly damaged in a hailstorm at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan this week. The damage was severe enough that the helicopters are grounded until they can be repaired.
The storm moved through southern Afghanistan on April 23.
A military spokesman says “ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] has already implemented actions to mitigate the effects of the storm and our forces continue to receive all necessary support.”
When I was stationed at Illesheim, Germany, home of the 11th Aviation Brigade, there was an unusually strong windstorm one night that flipped over several helicopters on the ramp. As I recall, pretty much the entire Army-wide inventory of spare rotor blades had to be shipped in to restore the brigade to combat effectiveness.