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NOAA's Gulfstream IV-SP jet on the ramp in Lakeland, Florida
June 2, 2017

State-of-the-art facility in Lakeland ensures NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center will continue to provide high-quality data about our environment, including severe weather.

NOAA Meteorologist and Flight Director Jessica Williams aboard NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N43RF during a flight into a hurricane
March 21, 2017

Meet Jessica Williams and discover her journey from a young weather enthusiast to a NOAA meteorologist, flight director and hurricane hunter!

NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N42RF taking off from Tampa, Florida
January 18, 2017

The aircraft will survey winter storms over the North Atlantic to calibrate and validate weather satellite data, improve weather forecasts.

NOAA DHC-6 Twin Otter on the ramp
January 17, 2017

Specialized aircraft is helping researchers learn more about the state's air quality.

NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion with New Livery - October 2016
October 18, 2016

A tried-and-true NOAA Lockheed WP-3D "hurricane hunter" has received upgrades that make it even more robust and capable.

NOAA68 Surveys the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
October 11, 2016

As Hurricane Matthew moved along Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, NOAA aviation and marine assets worked around-the-clock to support storm forecasts and response efforts.

NOAA G-IV Aircraft Studying Hurricane Matthew
October 5, 2016

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters and NASA Global Hawk are flying hurricane survey missions today to gather vital data on Hurricane Matthew.

Dr. Frank Marks, Director of the Hurricane Research Division, and NOAA Corps Lockheed WP-3D Orion pilot, Cmdr. Justin Kibbey fro
September 27, 2016

On Sept. 22, scientist Frank Marks and hurricane hunter pilot Cmdr. Justin Kibbey from NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory answered questions about hurricane hunting.

A NOAA WP-3D Orion aircraft on a snowy ramp in Greenland
May 13, 2016

"Miss Piggy" may be used to flying into hurricanes, but she is still in her element as she supports a NASA ice study in the Arctic.

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