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  • Hurricane Hunters wrap up Hurricane Sam missions

    Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters completed their final flight into the then category 4 storm, Oct. 2.
  • Hurricane Hunters fly Hurricane Sam

    The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the Hurricane Hunters, flew their first mission into Hurricane Sam out of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 27.First recognized as Tropical Depression 18 Sept. 22, the National Hurricane Center began monitoring the weather system located in the Atlantic Ocean, and
  • Hurricane season picks up; Hurricane Hunters up to taskings

    As the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season nears its peak period for activity, the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., have seen a surge in operations with Tropical Storm Fred and Hurricane Grace.The squadron began flying what was then Invest 94L near the Lesser Antilles, Aug. 10,
  • 403rd Wing members announced as major selects

    Col. Stuart M. Rubio, 403rd Wing commander at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., released the names of the 11 Reserve Citizen Airman from the wing who were selected to pin on the rank of major, July 26.Congratulations to the following major selects: Mandatory Board SelectsJulie Fantaske, 403rd Operations Support SquadronForrest R. Heintz, 53rd Weather
  • Little Rock Reserve maintainers assist Keesler with WC-130J repair

    Maintaining aircraft for 10 WC-130J Super Hercules is no easy task, especially when that job is to repair an aircraft after a destructive fire.On Nov. 1, 2020, a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron crew was preparing to take off to fly Hurricane Eta when the aircraft’s left wing caught fire. None of the crew were harmed, but the fire, which
  • Hurricane Hunters head to Homestead ARB, fly TS Elsa

    Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, took off today from Keesler Air Force Base on their way to Homestead Air Reserve Base in southern Florida prepositioning for an Atlantic storm mission. The Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to begin flying Tropical Storm Elsa, July 2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jessica
  • Scholarship honors lost crew of Swan 38, assists wing members

    The Hurricane Hunter Association is awarding two $2,000 Swan 38 Memorial Scholarships for the 2021 fall semester, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 1.Each year, the association, a private group of former and current Hurricane Hunters, Typhoon Chasers, Storm Trackers and related weather reconnaissance mission members, provides the scholarships to
  • Hurricane Hunters prepared for hurricane season takeoff

    The 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, is the only Department of Defense organization that flies weather reconnaissance missions.The Hurricane Hunters’--as they are more commonly referred to—mission, as it relates to tropical disturbances, is to collect weather data from within storm
  • Hurricane Hunters get upgraded

    The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” aerial reconnaissance weather officer and loadmaster/dropsonde operator stations are being upgraded with hardware and software to increase their weather collecting capabilities.“The (Meteorology Equipment Technician) shop is in the middle of a system upgrade, specifically on the ARWO
  • Hurricane Hunters wrap up atmospheric river season

    Three WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” returned from the West Coast to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., March 25, 2021. The 403rd Wing’s Hurricane Hunters wrapped up the atmospheric river season in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aircraft Operations,
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