Quote: How many hours do these recon flights have to travel to get down to South America to fly into these storms? Or when they are so far away, do the planes come from somewhere other than the mainland?
The NOAA aircraft are based at MacDill in Tampa. They have the Gulfstream jets and a P4 I believe. The AF is based in Louisiana. I wonder if they refuel in Puerto Rico.
The AF Recon is based in Kesler AFB in Biloxi Ms. And I think I read somewhere that about where these storms are there is a no fly zone for the US so they have to use other planes from other places. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong but that is what I read from another board.
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