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Hurricane Hunters

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May 9, 2015
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NOAA Hurricane Hunter jet "Gonzo" tours six East Coast cities to raise awareness of hurricane safety.

August 27, 2015
Media: Article

NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft collected data on Hurricane Danny Aug. 21-23 for research and forecasting efforts.

Pilots in the cockpit of NOAA's Gulfsteam IV examine a satellite image of Hurricane Joaquin
October 26, 2015
Media: Article

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters investigated three tropical cyclones in October.

NOAA Gulfstream IV and Lockheed WP-3D hurricane hunters in flight
November 22, 2015
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NOAA's Gulfstream IV-SP jet on the ramp
November 16, 2015
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March 18, 2013
Media: Video
Radio from aircraft: “John, how far north are we going to be going on the, uh, northbound track?” “108 miles north of the eye”“Ok – great.” NARRATOR:The job of a hurricane hunter is not for the faint at heart. These brave...
Hurricane symbols on NOAA WP-3D Orion N43RF
August 8, 2012
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Frequently Asked Question

Why aren't NOAA's Hurricane Hunter planes torn apart in storm?

Planes are generally not destroyed by strong winds while in flight. Airliners routinely fly in jet streams with winds exceeding 150 mph over the U.S. during the winter. It's the shear, or sudden change in horizontal or vertical winds, that can destroy an aircraft, or cause its loss of control. That's why NOAA's Hurricane Hunter aircraft don't fly through tornadoes. In a like manner, NOAA pilots and crew routinely (but never casually) fly in the high-wind environment of the hurricane and don't fear it tearing the plane apart. However, they are always monitoring for "hot spots" of severe weather and shear that they can often identify on radar and avoid if it's too severe.

NOAA WP-3D Navigator at His Station
November 5, 2015
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