NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center houses three aircrafts to conduct meteorological research. The two P-3 aircrafts, named Miss Piggy and Kermit, are the workhorses of the fleet. They fly directly into the bad weather!

The two NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunters on a flight. Image courtesy of NOAA.

However, the G-IV named Gonzo flies around and above a hurricane to measure the conditions in the surrounding environment. Gonzo flies at 40,000 feet and at speeds near 500 mph. The measurements taken during these flights have led to a large improvement in our hurricane track forecasts.

The G-IV, Gonzo, on a flight. Image courtesy of NOAA.

Interviews with Hunters

Flying into a hurricane is one wild ride. Learn all about flying into a hurricane, and why it is so important, from the actual pilots, navigators, and scientists who are enthusiastically apart of this risky business every hurricane season.

Footage courtesy of NOAA, Editing by Marlena Skrobe and Natalie Edgar, Lakech Media.

What is your most memorable flight?

For NOAA Hurricane Hunters, flying into storms is their profession. When flying, it can be beautiful and exciting or just plain scary! Check out the most memorable flight for the crew, including a pilot, a navigator, flight meteorologists and research meteorologists and learn about what it is truly like to fly into these dangerous beauties.

Footage by Miami Science Museum, Editing by Angela Colbert and Video by Roy Colbert.