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Hurricane Hunters takeoff for investigative mission

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, taxis to the runway July 10, 2019 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, taxis to the runway July 10, 2019 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, begins to takeoff July 10, 2019 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, begins to takeoff July 10, 2019 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, takes off July 10, 2019 from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, takes off July 10, 2019 from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, takes off July 10, 2019 from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

A WC-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, takes off July 10, 2019 from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Tail number 75303 took off midday for an investigative flight into a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, took off today to fly an investigative mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. The low level investigative mission is when the WC-130J Super Hercules aircrew flies between 500 and 1500 feet above the surface of the ocean to collect data that will help the National Hurricane Center determine whether potential to develop into a tropical system. If the system does develop, there will be follow on flights every six hours to monitor the progress of the tropical system. 

  

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