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NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion with New Livery - October 2016
May 14, 2019
Type: Media: Article

A highly-instrumented NOAA aircraft is collecting data across the Great Plains to improve our understanding of the relationships between severe thunderstorms and tornado formation.

Flight Director Paul Flaherty and Technician Jim Warnecke prepare for departure prior to the 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour
May 8, 2019
Type: Media: Image

Flight Director Paul Flaherty and Technician Jim Warnecke prepare for departure prior to the 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour

NOAA WP-3D Orion on Hurricane Awareness Tour 2019
May 8, 2019
Type: Media: Image

NOAA WP-3D Orion on Hurricane Awareness Tour 2019

Pilots in cockpit of NOAA's Gulfstream IV
April 30, 2019
Type: Media: Image

Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington and Capt. Kristie Twining aboard NOAA's Gulfstream IV-SP during a hurricane surveillance flight on August 5, 2018.

CDR Ryan Kidder at the controls of NOAA's King Air
October 11, 2019
Type: Media: Image

Cmdr. Ryan Kidder at the controls of NOAA's King Air 350 CER on Oct. 11, 2018, during an overflight of the Florida panhandle following Hurricane Michael.

CAPT Kristie Twining and LCDR Rebecca Waddington in the NOAA Gulfstream IV's cockpit
February 5, 2019
Type: Media: Article

On August 5, 2018, NOAA Corps officers Capt. Kristie Twining and Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington became the first all-female team to pilot a NOAA aircraft during a hurricane mission.

CAPT Kristie Twining and LCDR Rebecca Waddington in the NOAA Gulfstream IV's cockpit
February 5, 2019
Type: Media: Image

Capt. Kristie Twining (right) and Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington on the flight deck of NOAA's Gulfstream IV hurricane hunter jet.

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