The Department of Defense’s 53rd weather reconnaissance squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters, is the only organization still flying directly into the eyes of hurricanes and tropical storms. These Air Force reserve specialists analyze and predict the deadliest storms, providing 24 hour a day continuous operation. With an ability to fly up to 3 storms at a time, and a response time of 16 hours, the Hurricane Hunters remain civilians’ best defense against nature’s havoc.

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