News 25 visits the 403rd Wing as they prepare for hurricane season
Since it is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, News 25 stopped by Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi to speak with the world-renowned Hurricane Hunters.
Despite the name, they don’t just hunt down data from hurricanes.
The Weather Reconnaissance Squadron also covers other natural disasters like winter storms so they’re always ready to fly.
The crew describes their flights as hours of boredom, but with moments of sheer terror when they fly to collect data that’s used in forecasts across the globe. Tech Sgt. 403rd David N. Calloway said, “We fly right through the center of that storm, about 10,000 feet. We get where satellites can’t see and collect all of the data that we can’t get unless we fly these things through them.”
Some flights can last more than ten hours, but the crew says it is a rewarding job knowing the data they collect can help forecasters alert people to get out of harm’s way.