weather reconnaissance

weather reconnaissance

A flight taken to make weather measurements, normally of temperature and humidity at all heights up to the aircraft's ceiling. A weather reconnaissance mission may also be executed to observe the actual weather over a target or to assess the suitability of sending a mission(s) in that area.
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26 for the Dutch Caribbean island Curacao to provide weather reconnaissance support for Hurricane Dorian.
The 67th and 354th TFS (TDY from McConnell) at Korat and the 36th TFS at Takhli (the 36th had been the very first F-105 unit at that base) sent a total of forty-six F-105Ds; twenty-one F-100Ds (weather reconnaissance, MIGCAP, RESCAP, and flak support) and two RF-101C Voodoos (pre- and post-strike photo reconnaissance) came from bases in South Vietnam.
Devon Meister, a pilot, both members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, a unit of the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.
To date, the C-130J supports 17 different mission configurations to include transport (military and commercial), firefighting, search and rescue, Special Operations, weather reconnaissance, and aerial refueling.
He also gives credit to lesser known formations such as photo and weather reconnaissance units.
During the 2005 season, only a few aircraft had the instrument available, but now each of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron airplanes have the SFMR, nicknamed "the Smurf." This constant measurement of surface winds gives the NHC a considerably more complete picture of the storm and can also determine rainfall rates within a storm system.
He uses four typhoon models: the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), Global Forecast System (GFS), Navy Global Environmental Model (Navgem), all based in the United States, and European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts: in making his forecasts.
Named the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, they are capable of examining three storms, twice a day.
The C- 130J special aircraft were utilised for daily weather reconnaissance sortie and also for forming a fuel bridge to the disaster zone.
We completed a weather reconnaissance of the airspace and concluded the conditions weren't good enough to continue with the event.

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