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  • Hurricane Hunters Fly Into Tropical Depression Two

    The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters are conducting a low-level investigation today as the second tropical depression of the Atlantic Hurricane Season forms off the coast of North Carolina. The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron are assigned to the 403rd Wing and stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The team of
  • Hurricane Hunters tracking down Alberto

    Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron’s “Hurricane Hunters” began flying the year’s first storm missions June 10 into what is now Tropical Storm Alberto. Alberto is fueling up on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is strengthening. As of this morning, the Hurricane Hunters found that the center of the cyclone has
  • Hurricane Hunters Prepare for Season

    It was a quiet opening day of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron spent the day training and getting ready for what forecasters say will be another active season. Though the season officially begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, last year these Reservists, who are assigned to the Air Force
  • C-130J Hercules displays interoperability at Berlin Air Show

    It was interoperability in action at the Berlin Air Show on May 17 when a medium extended air defense system was loaded onto a C-130J Hercules. The system is designed as a lightweight launcher capable of shooting down aircraft, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. It was a new missile system on a new cargo plane, and it was a perfect fit as the
  • C-130J featured at Berlin Air Show

    U.S. Army and Air Force aircraft stationed in the United States, England and Germany, including a C-130J Hercules from the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. are among 10 U.S. aircraft supporting the Berlin Air Show. The Keesler crew doesn't have the only heavy transport at the show. A C-17 Globemaster III crew from Charleston Air Force
  • Maintainer Impresses Senior Leaders

    Almost as soon as they got off the aircraft, top U.S. military leaders were shaking the hand of a tall Reservist from Keesler who made an even bigger impression during his deployment to the Middle East. About the same time most Reservists here were facing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 1st Lt. Bo Shelton, an officer with the 403rd Maintenance
  • The End of an Era

    Even before the last WC-130H left the runway, a row of empty lockers was already forming at the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. These lockers held crew equipment for the Hurricane Hunters’ flight engineers, who are all moving on as this legacy era closes out for the 403rd Wing. During the 2005 hurricane season the wing finalized transition to