This is absolutely spectacular:
I think we finally have an idea for a followup to the '90s hit Twister!
Seriously, imagine airborne storm chasers dodging cows as they try to track the largest tornado ever seen. The movie practically sells itself!
Before I get ahead of myself, here were a few more photos taken by Oklahoma pilot David Evans:
"I motored around Tuttle and Minco, and then I saw some hawks," said Evans. "They're always a telltale sign of where a thermal might be. I started getting an indication I was getting lift, so I circled in there with them."
That thermal quickly turned into a visible landspout tornado.
"All of a sudden that vapor funnel started forming. It was going down and down and down, but there was no turbulence. I just kept flying around that thing."
A National Weather Service meteorologist didn't have any answers for why the downspout formed. Fortunately, it was relatively weak and didn't do any damage to either the glider or nearby homes.
What a story though!