NOAA sends first all-female crew on a mission to track Hurricane Dorian
As Hurricane Dorian approaches the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent a crew to perform recon on the storm on Aug. 29, 2019. And for the first time, the pilots deployed were all women.
The all-female pilot crew was comprised of Captain Kristie Twining, Commander Rebecca Waddington, and Lieutenant Lindsey Norman. The women piloted a seven-and-a-half-hour flight to collect data on the storm as it gathers steam and heads toward Florida.
LAKELAND, FL - #NOAA49 prepares for a Hurricane #Dorian reconnaissance mission with the first all female three-pilot flight crew, featuring Capt. Kristie Twining, Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, and Lt. Lindsey Norman. Get the latest forecast at https://t.co/3phpgKvnMi.#FlyNOAA pic.twitter.com/DMn1wOxBUA— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) August 29, 2019
A minute and a half of our 7.5 hour mission yesterday. Here we are surfing the cloud tops at 45,000 feet near the eye of Hurricane #Dorian. It's no eyewall penetration, but still a sight to behold. #NOAA49#FlyNOAA pic.twitter.com/BdNXCBt1fH— Tropical Nick Underwood (@TheAstroNick) August 30, 2019
The crew flew a Gulfstream IV aircraft nicknamed "Gonzo" during the recon mission. On these trips, crews travel thousands of miles collecting high-altitude data that enable forecasters to better track storms, according to NOAA.
OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN - #NOAA49, our G-IV also known as “Gonzo”, flies at 40 to 45 thousand feet above Tropical Storm Dorian gathering important atmospheric data, feeding models used by NHC forecasters. Latest forecast at https://t.co/3phpgKMZaS (photo: Nick Underwood, NOAA) pic.twitter.com/9EYzLc99Wy— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) August 26, 2019
Waddington and Twining were previously on NOAA's first all-female hurricane hunting crew last year when they were deployed on a mission to fly toward Hurricane Hector, CNN reported.
"While we are very proud to have made history yesterday by being the first all-female flight crew, we are more proud of the mission we are doing and the safety we are providing for people," Waddington told CNN at the time.
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