Footage Of Turbo Propped Orion Punching Through Hurricane Eye
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A Job Not For The Faint Of Heart.
This short clip will give you a glimpse into the intense world of hurricane hunting. These meteorologists and scientists are crazy enough to jump on a plane and not only chase down a massive hurricane but fly right through it. This short video is from an IMAX movie called Stormchasers, but we’ve queued it up for you at the moment the crew is flying through the outer rim into the center of a hurricane. It is spectacular, to say the least.
These types of data gathering missions are reserved for the United States Air Force’s 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Hunters who operate highly modified C-130s and P-3 Orions. These planes are equipped with all sorts of sensors which detect many weather related changes like pressure to moisture and use that data to form weather models.
The reason we found this interesting is that with everything going on in the States with hurricanes Wilma Harvey and Irma as well as other destructive storms and hurricanes around the world, it’s good to know that there are people out there putting their lives at risk so future generations can better predict these natural disasters. As of 2017, six military planes have gone down since 1945 doing the exact same thing you’ll see in this video, at the cost of 53 lives. Hopefully, with enough data, we’ll get really good at avoiding further loss of life when these disasters strike.