Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, left, and Capt. Kristie Twining pose aboard NOAA’s Gulfstream IV-SP during a hurricane surveillance flight Aug. 5. (Paul Flaherty)
In repeated 12-hour shifts last month, Capt. Kristie Twining and Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington braced themselves as they flew into Hurricane Florence.
The hurricane hunter pilots, serving with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flew nine missions in an effort to pinpoint the hurricane's path. This month, they returned to the sky for similar missions tracking Hurricane Michael, which made landfall Wednesday near Tyndall AFB, outside of Panama City, Florida.
The pilots, who in August became NOAA's first all-female hurricane hunter team, will continue to investigate hurricanes and tropical storms through November, the official end to hurricane season.
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