These are two amazing video. The first show a close encounter with Hurricane Irma from Tuesday Morning with an NOAA plane; and the second is from a documentary called Stormchaser that was originally done for IMAX. They’re both amazing as are the brave and women that fly in them.
FLYING INTO A HURRICANE IS 95 PERCENT BOREDOM AND 5 PERCENT SHEER TERROR. WE JUST HAVEN’T GOT TO THE TERROR YET… JUST LIKE COMBAT
They called it the “hairy hop.” And though it can yield “unbelievable data’ it is horrifically dangerous. The best documented cat. five ever!
“It’s not for everybody,” Chief technician Terry Lynch. says with a chuckle. “Some people have walked away from it. They just say, ‘You guys are stupid!'” At 58, Lynch holds the record for hurricane eye wall penetrations with 638. I ask him if he remembers them all. “Some of them stick out,”