For 2 years, we've been trying
to get on board a hurricane Hunter flight to document it for
Angry Planet... Our perseverance finally paid off and I was able
to go up in one of the WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft during
a flight to penetrate the eye of Hurricane Ike as it made it's
way off the coastline of Cuba.
The flights are performed by
the 53rd Weather Air Reconnaissance Squadron, based out of Keesler
Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The reservists who man
these flights risk their own lives to bring back critical weather
data that is used by the National Hurricane Center to make better
forecast and in turn, save lives.