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Tech. Sgt. James Piskorz, 403rd Maintenance Squadron crew chief, signals the pilots of the WC-130J that they are cleared to proceed onto the taxiway after their flight into the remnants of Dorian July 28, 2013. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aircrew flew through the tropical wave to gather storm data for analysis by the National Hurricane Center to help determine if Dorian was dissipating or gathering strength. Hurricane Hunter aircrews and other 403rd Wing members deploy to several locations in the United States and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to fly storm missions during the hurricane season, which officially starts June 1 and ends November 30 each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)
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Posted: 8/6/2013

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A WC-130J aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron prepares to taxi onto the runway before its flight into the remnants of Dorian July 28, 2013. Hurricane Hunter aircrews and other 403rd Wing members deploy to several locations in the United States and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to fly storm missions during the hurricane season, which officially starts June 1 and ends November 30 each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)
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Posted: 8/6/2013

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Tech. Sgt. Christopher Becvar, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron weather reconnaissance loadmaster, prepares an airborne expendable bathythermograph for release out of the back of a WC-130J aircraft during a flight into the remnants of Dorian July 29, 2013. The Navy partnered with the Air Force for a third year of testing the AXBT, which is designed to gather temperature readings of a column of water to help improve the output of coupled storm models. The Hurricane Hunters flew a low-level investigation into Dorian to gather storm data used by the National Hurricane Center to determine whether the tropical wave was breaking up or reforming into a more intensified storm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)
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Posted: 8/2/2013

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Lt. Col. Valerie Hendry, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, instructs 2nd Lt. Leesa Froelich, 53rd WRS ARWO, during the lieutenant’s first storm mission with the Hurricane Hunters. The Hurricane Hunters flew a low-level investigation into Dorian to gather storm data used by the National Hurricane Center to determine whether the tropical wave was breaking up or reforming into a more intensified storm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)
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Posted: 8/2/2013

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Capts. Michael Anderson and Christopher Harris (right), 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron navigators, discuss possible flight routes through the remnants of Dorian July 29, 2013. This particular mission served as an excellent training opportunity for Harris, who was being mentored during the storm flight by Anderson. The Hurricane Hunters flew a low-level investigation into the tropical wave to gather storm data used by the National Hurricane Center to determine whether Dorian was breaking up or reforming into a more intensified storm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)
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Posted: 8/2/2013

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Lt. Col. Kevin McLuen and Capt. Bryan Trottier (right), 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron pilots, fly a WC-130J aircraft through the remnants of Dorian July 29, 2013. The Hurricane Hunters flew a low-level investigation into the tropical wave to gather storm data used by the National Hurricane Center to determine whether Dorian was breaking up or reforming into a more intensified storm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)
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Posted: 8/2/2013

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Lt. Col. Warren Madden, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, looks over some paperwork to help monitor the weather as the aircrew prepares to fly into Tropical Storm Maria Sept. 9. The Hurricane Hunters were completing the mission from operations held in St. Croix. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valerie Smock)
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Posted: 9/13/2011

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Master Sgt. Scott Blair, a weather reconnaissance loadmaster with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, checks the computer before preparing to release a parachute-borne sensor known as a dropsonde into Tropical Storm Maria Sept. 9. The dropsonde measures and encodes weather data down to the ocean surface. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valerie Smock)
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Posted: 9/13/2011

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Lt. Col. Bucky Lane, a pilot with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, looks out the window to view the weather conditions from Tropical Storm Maria Sept. 9. The Hurricane Hunters flew through the system before evacuating to Homestead, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valerie Smock)
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Posted: 9/13/2011

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Lt. Col. Dave Borsi, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron pilot, stops to talk with Maria, a St. Croix resident, about Tropical Storm Maria Sept. 9. The Hurricane Hunters routinely operate out of St. Croix during storm season depending on storm location. Virgin Islands to fly the storm before evacuating to Homestead, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valerie Smock)
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Posted: 9/13/2011

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Christian D'Andrea, executive producer with Story Foundry and Andy McDonald, senior videographer with High Noon Entertainment stand with Lt. Col. Dave Borsi, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron pilot, and Maria, a resident of St. Croix. D'Andrea and McDonald were in St. Croix to film the Hurricane Hunters as part of the television series they are making about the squadron. While there to film the squadron's missions into Tropical Storm Maria, they and Borsi met native Maria in downtown Christianstead. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valerie Smock)
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Posted: 9/13/2011

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A crew with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron was flying a low-level invest for Tropical Storm Nate Sept. 7. The waters were very choppy as heavy rain and high winds kicked up over the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valerie Smock)
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Posted: 9/13/2011

    

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