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  • Reserve Citizen Airmen hunt

    This specialized unit of Reserve Citizen Airmen is made up of a five-person crew consisting of a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and loadmaster who is also the dropsonde operator.
  • Air Force Reserve, NOAA Hurricane Hunters to visit East Coast on preparedness tour

    In an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation ahead of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA hurricane experts will tour five eastern U.S. cities from May 6-10 to raise awareness of the importance of preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.At each stop, the public and media can take a tour of the “hurricane hunter” aircraft that fly around
  • U.S. hurricane forecasters embark on preparedness mission to Mexico, Caribbean

    With the 2019 hurricane season fast approaching, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will host a series of events, including tours aboard the hurricane hunter aircraft, to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean prepare for the season and the coming storms.National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and several federal hurricane specialists
  • No off season: Hurricane Hunters fly winter storms too

    The United States Air Force Reserve 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, more affectionately known as the Hurricane Hunters, is most well-known for doing the unfathomable—flying at 10,000 feet, sometimes less, through major tropical systems, storms and hurricanes to collect useful data. These storms generally occur during the
  • Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters close out 2018 hurricane season

    The 2018 hurricane season ended Nov. 30, and was an active one for the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, who flew more than 655 hours and 83 missions into 12 named storms over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force, Mississippi, is the
  • U.S. Naval Academy tests waters with Hurricane Hunters

    When the subject of summer internships comes up, thoughts like fetching coffee and doing paperwork or answering phone calls comes to mind.What does not come to mind is working 10,000 feet in the air in an U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J flying through a hurricane for the sake of research.For the Oceanography Department at the United States Naval
  • Hurricane Hunters fly Hurricane Lane, storm targets Hawaiian Islands

    The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters missions into Hurricane Lane, a Category 4, have been cancelled for today so they can move out of the storm’s path, which is projected to hit the main Hawaiian Islands Thursday afternoon.
  • Prepare now for hurricane season

    Hurricane season starts June 1 and now is the time to prepare. To promote this message, an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrew with their WC-130J Super Hercules and a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane experts visited five Gulf Coast cities as part of this year’s Hurricane Awareness Tour, May 7-11.   The
  • Women of Weather: Hurricane Hunters make a difference

    Some little girls might dream about being princesses; but others dream about becoming a Hurricane Hunter and flying into the most powerful storms on earth.
  • Hurricane Hunters complete atmospheric river reconnaissance

    Much like a river on the ground carries water in streams through the earth, an atmospheric river carries water vapor in streams through the sky.
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