What It's Like To Fly Through A Hurricane Eye Wall

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 1 week ago in Science


This has been one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons ever. Here's a look at how NOAA's Hurricane Hunters gather data.
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Male 4,950
Bonus fact: NOAA currently operates two WP-3D Hurricane Hunter aircraft, named "Miss Piggy" and "Kermit." The aircraft in this video is "Miss Piggy" (you can see some fuselage art of Miss Piggy on the side of the aircraft when the scientists are boarding).

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Male 1,347
squrlz4ever The P3 Orion airframe is a sleeker version of the C130. Same engines but different wings and fuselage. Both are tanks and as a retired “Herky Bird “ driver, I’d take the P3 into a hurricane before a 130. I wouldn’t rather take either on in as my balls aren't quite that large, nudge to Squirlze for some of his latest posts, but my dad did this twice in the early 60’s and even he said fuck, never again.
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Male 4,950
scheckydamon Wow. Great comment, Shecky. So glad you spoke up and shared some of your knowledge on this. This answers the question in my head, which was, "Is it as scary as you'd think?" (Answer: Scarier.)

I know the P3 Orion from working once with a software developer who wrote sub-hunting code for those planes. Apparently, the WP3 is the weather-research version, which includes (among other things) the large radome under the fuselage and another large radome projecting from the tail.
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Male 3,447
Big Fat NOPE!

Amazing footage from some guys with balls of steel.
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Male 3,492
I wonder if there has ever been a hurricane too strong for them to fly into.
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Male 4,950
daegog Good question. I wish I knew. With the advanced radar onboard, I'm sure the pilot is able to determine the safest way into the storm, but a Category 5? I don't know how you'd find a way in that wouldn't tear up the airplane. Not a job for the faint of heart.
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Male 1,347
Kind of like a bug on a windshield. The last thing you see is your ass passing your forehead. 
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