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NOAA Test Flight Team with NOAA Hurricane Hunter
June 5, 2015
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Two female NOAA pilots pose in front of NOAA's Beechcraft King Air 350 CER
July 24, 2015
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March 18, 2013
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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...
G-IV crew and new paint scheme
November 8, 2015
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Hurricane season is here, and tropical cyclones will not stop for anyone. Despite the dangers, NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters are ready to take on the storms.

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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NOAA WP-3D Flight Director
September 15, 2014
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