Paulding County, Ga. -- The march tornado landed right on the runway with the planes at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. But it didn't stop there. It continued on to the main building and the hangars.
"You could see metal that was ripped off the top of the building, and windows broken," airport director Blake Swafford said.
They had just opened the airport two years before after a long construction process. They said it was sad and also alarming to arrive that night and see planes thrown all over the place, with leaking fuel and lightning strikes still happening.
"You spend years building something and then show up and see it turned upside downit's just a shock," Swafford said.
They were already planning to put together their first air show last year. Now Salute America 2012 begins Saturday morning. Adult tickets are $15.00 and kids 6-12 are $10.00. They're expecting thousands. And now in addition to honoring the troops, it will have another meaning.
"It's to get this airport back on its feet, and help the community rebuild and show the resolve of the people of this area," said air show director Kerry Tidmore. "How we can come from literally destroyed to being back on our feet and hosting our first air show for the citizens of this community."
There will be jets, world war two fighters, and helicopters. Gates open at nine.