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Since 1946, the Hurricane Hunters have been collecting data inside the strongest storms on earth. These Citizen Airmen send the data collected directly via satellite communications to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The Hurricane Hunters fly the state-of-the-art, WC-130J aircraft, which enables the Hurricane Hunters to collect the most accurate and detailed data possible.

Despite the dramatic blow in August, 2005 from Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the “Hunter’s” own home base and local communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, these Reservists never missed a mission. They flew more than 1,500 hours into storms beginning in mid-May with Hurricane Adrian in the Pacific and finally ended in early December flying missions into Hurricane Epsilon.

The Hurricane Hunters also collect data on winter storms and are qualified to fly tactical airlift missions. 

Learn more about the Hurricane Hunters and their missions on this page.

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