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Aircraft reconnaissance of hurricanes has been an integral part of tropical storm forecasting and research since the World War II era. Currently, “hurricane hunters,” as they're known, fly missions operated by the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center. Until 1975, however, the U.S. Navy also flew Hurricane Hunter missions.

Contributing Editor Sean Potter is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.

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