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Denny stadium, home of the Crimson Tide. straight as a plumb line.


It leveled shopping centers,


factories and apartment buildings alike, indiscriminately as tornados do. But the damage trail just never stopped. From Tuscaloosa, you could easily sight up the path of the tornado, It looked like somebody had cleared a right- From news reports, we knew that the That It


of-way with a huge bulldozer.


destruction went all the way to Birmingham, some 45 miles away. was hard to fathom. Amazingly, this massive tornado never did lift.


followed the contour of the land, even down into valleys. (The damage continued well beyond Birmingham of course, but that stretch between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham was all we were concerned with at the time.) I spent Friday, and then again much of the following week, flying


the line. In Birmingham I took more government officials up, as well as others who are going to be responsible for getting things back to nor- mal. To a man, they were all shocked at how much worse it looked from the air. The cleanup is not going to be easy. Or quick. From a personal standpoint, it has been some really tough flying. You cannot fly over this and not be


Not physically but emotionally. affected.


Its just mile after mile of destruction. I’d look down and could


clearly see people sifting through the rubble of what had once been their home. Sometimes we’d see a home site that was just vacant - nothing at all there but a slab where a house used to be. breaking.


It was simply heart-


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