NOAA Hurricane Hunter Plane Grounded

Posted by on Saturday, September 30, 2017

There is still two full months remaining in the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The Hurricane Hunter aircraft, used to fly into hurricanes to gather valuable data is now out of commission and there is no replacement.

The Gulfstream IV aircraft, nicknamed Gonzo, has suffered a series of three malfunctions in a period of eight days.

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, is one-of-a-kind: the only Department of Defense organization still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes--since 1944.

The crews are part of the 403rd Wing, based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

As a result, the plane has been grounded for the third time, missing at least two planned missions into Hurricane Maria.

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