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  • Hurricane Hunters: navigators guide through storms

    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. In this specialized unit of Reserve Citizen Airmen, a crew is made up of a minimum of five members consisting of a pilot, copilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance
  • Hurricane Hunters fly first Pacific hurricane

    The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrews flew five weather reconnaissance missions into Hurricane Douglas, the first hurricane in the Pacific, July 24-27, 2020, collecting data to assist Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters.The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi,
  • Hurricane Hunters deploy to Hawaii to fly Hurricane Douglas

    Aircrews with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters,” an Air Force Reserve unit assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, are scheduled to fly data-gathering missions into Hurricane Douglas out of Barbers Point Kapolei Airport, Hawaii, starting July 25.
  • Flying Jennies and Hurricane Hunters ready for flight

    A line of C-130J and W-C130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 815th Airlift and 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadrons on the flight line, July 17, 2020, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The mission of the 815th AS is to recruit, organize and train to deploy, redeploy and employ air and ground forces to any area of the world and provide them
  • Hurricane Hunters: pilots fly storm missions

    The 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is the only Department of Defense organization that flies weather reconnaissance.This specialized unit of Reserve Citizen Airmen is at a minimum made up of a five-person crew consisting of a pilot, copilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance weather
  • Wing announces first quarter award winners

    The 403rd Wing announced its first quarter award winners for the Jan. 1 through April. 30 period. Winners were chosen in the Airman, noncommissioned officer, senior NCO, company and field grade officer categories. Airman of the Quarter: Senior Airman Kenneth RedeemerUnit: 403rd Operations Support SquadronDuty title: Aircrew Flight Equipment
  • Hurricane Hunters conduct deployment for training

    The Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron deployed to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 15 to 19 to fly training missions over the Caribbean in preparation for the 2020 hurricane season. The Hurricane Hunters are Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 403rd Wing based at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and are the only Department of
  • Hurricane Hunters finish flying Tropical Storm Cristobal

    The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron finished flying Tropical Storm Cristobal June 7.The squadron flew seven missions into the storm, which began June 1 as Tropical Depression Three. The Hurricane Hunters provided reconnaissance starting June 2 from the Bay of Campeche in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico until the storm made landfall over the
  • Hurricane Hunters fly first mission of 2020 Atlantic Season

    The Hurricane Hunters departed today on their first storm tasking of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to investigate an area for possible development into a tropical depression or storm near the Bahamas.
  • 403rd Wing plans second flyby for coronavirus health-care workers, first responders

    The 403rd Wing is planning an additional flyby for Picayune, Bay Saint Louis, and Pascagoula the afternoon of May 5 in honor of health-care workers, first responders, and essential personnel battling the spread of COVID-19. The “Hercs for Heroes” flyby will feature a WC-130J Super Hercules from the wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known
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