Hurricane Hunters; 403rd Wing; Air Force Reserve
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Hurricane Hunters fly first winter storm of 2018

    The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” flew their first winter storm mission of the year today in connection with the nor’easter currently off the Atlantic Coast of the United States.
  • Hurricane Hunters move to winter storms after above average season

    The 2016 hurricane season came to an end Nov. 30 and the above-average seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific kept the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” busy collecting critical weather data to improve forecasts. The 53rd WRS flew 75 missions into 13 storms, ten in the Atlantic and three in the Pacific. There were 15 named storms in the Atlantic including seven hurricanes. Five of these storms made U.S. landfall. In the Pacific, there were 21 named storms of which 11 were hurricanes.
  • SecAF honors Gulf Coast military members during annual salute

    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was the guest speaker at the 38th annual Gulf Coast Salute to the Military event here Oct. 25. For nearly four decades people from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast have set aside one night to come together, enjoy each other’s company and honor military men and women.
  • Long-time weather recon crewmembers retire

    A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft landed on the Keesler Air Force Base runway and taxied to its parking spot in front of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron where a crowd watched the engines shut down and the propellers come to a slow halt. Lt. Col. Troy “Bear” Anderson and Lt. Col. Valerie Hendry exited the aircraft and were promptly blasted with a fire hose, a tradition for aircrew members who’ve completed the last, or “fini,” flight of their career.
  • Hurricane Hunters to fly low-level investigation mission today

    The Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters will fly an investigative mission out of St. Croix today into Invest 99-L in the Western Atlantic Ocean. During the mission the WC-130J crew members will fly the aircraft between 500 and 1500 feet above the surface of the ocean to collect data that will help the National Hurricane Center determine whether Invest 99-L has the potential to develop into a tropical system. If the system does develop, there will be follow on flights every six hours to monitor the progress of the tropical system.