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Hurricane Hunters

buxflyr

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Does anyone know someone who flies one of the hurricane hunter airplanes?

Seems like an amazing opportunity with some even better stories.

Isnt it C-130's that fly in there? Should be a CRJ... !
 

mu2

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No, it should be a C-130.
 

Flyin2low

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I think Bob flys for them.

If you've flown through a line of TRW's then you have experienced the adventures of a hurricane hunter. It's a much worse experience for the folks on the ground though.
 
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NCFlyer

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Yes it is C-130's. They are flown by a reserve unit in Miss. Although I believe that some other agency flies Gulfstreams over the storms.

Here's a link: http://www.hurricanehunters.com

And just for the record, no I'm not interested in going along for a ride.
 
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CaptBiff

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Go to weather.com they have the application on line. Just click careers.


Happy to help
 

greenlight

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was in the unit for awhile in the 90's. Sounds more interesting than it really is. No low level, no NVG, the only thing you drop is a buoy and the only standard for that is that it hits the ocean. The good is that the currency requirements are pretty easy to make.
 

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I flew with a new hire F/O in the Brakillia in about 91. He scared the crap out of me as he would go right through the middle of ANYTHING and never break a sweat. I finally ask him where he came from. He was one of those guys that flew Orions (?) through the eye of hurricaines. He was NUTS!
 

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RedDogC130

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Orions....I never knew the Navy flew P-3s in a hurricane.....Mabye a Herk....yeah that is what I flew...I mean Herk.
 

erj-145mech

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Orions....I never knew the Navy flew P-3s in a hurricane.....Mabye a Herk....yeah that is what I flew...I mean Herk.

Its not the Navy that flies the Orions into the hurricane, its NOAA....they have two WP-3's on the civil register that track the storms, and are based at McDill also.
 

WalterSobchak

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The G-IV is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and they're based at MacDill AFB, FL and there are several other aircraft in the fleet. I know the G-IV has flown a few missions over Gustav...

http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/aircraft.htm
As of now (1217z), NOAA has a P3 (NOAA43 - Miss Piggy) and a GLF4 (NOAA49 - Gonzo) cruising around Gustav.

The Orion hasn't come up above 12,000 ft. once...tops in the area are reporting to FL600.

The GLF4 is making laps at FL450.
 
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10nCLR

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That would be awesome... just dont eat greasy food before you go.. ;)

Yeah, I don't know about that. Click on the Flt Engineer Dewie Floyd's picture to the left. Link. I bet he goes to one of Tampa's Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries before every flight. He probably has a greasy bag with him right now and a Corona stuffed under the seat.

Seriously though, if anyone ever wants to read first-hand accounts about island clima-info, weather discussions, local reports regarding tropical systems threatening the Caribbean or view uploaded photos from local damage from past storms, check out this website. Link. It's a volunteer network of local correspondents living in the islands who try get information out in a timely matter duing the months of June-November. There is a lot of Caribbean climatology info, weather links, distance calculators, hurricane tracking tools and a My Satellite feature where you can customize a close-up satellite image of your island of interest. It was quite interesting to read some of the posts from each island with relation to the past TS/hurricanes that have come through or presently approaching. Props to Gert, the creator, the maintainer and moderator of this 'dynamic' info website.
 
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