Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hurricane Hunters prep for missions

ST. CROIX, U.S.V.I. - Members of the Air Force Reserve Command's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron deployed to their detachment here to fly training missions over the Caribbean in preparation for the 2009 hurricane season. Unit Airmen are part of the 403rd Wing located at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and are the only Department of Defense unit flying into tropical storms and hurricanes collecting critical data. During the next months until Nov. 30, the Hurricane Hunters will be honing their skills in special WC-130J Hercules aircraft. (Source: AFNS, 07/02/09)