The American flag still stands after a fierce tornado swept through Oklahoma and the outskirts of Tinker Air Force Base. Said to be Oklahoma's worst tornado in 17 years, it was categorized by meteorologists as F-5 using the Fujita-Pearson scale and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes and damaged 7,000 others. This photograph was used in the article "Real-life Twister," from the September 1999 AIRMAN Magazine