I am sure flying recon is not cheap, but do have some sort of idea how much money it costs to fly a mission? I also understand that a "single" mission is not just a fly-by rather a 12+ hour ordeal.
No specific numbers on the recon flights, but it can be a multiple day ordeal -- particularly for storms out beyond 70W, as they often base those flights (either going out there or coming back) in the Virgin Islands. There is a finite budget for the flights each season, and there are many other uses of the planes than for tropical activity -- research projects, field programs, the whole shebang. --Clark
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