Hurricane Hunters patrol Gustav from Homestead Air Reserve Base

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” fly through Tropical Storm Gustav on Aug. 27. The Hurricane Hunters are flying daily weather reconnaissance missions into Tropical Storm Gustav from Homestead Air Reserve Base to aid the National Weather Service in providing the storm’s projected path to the American public. The squadron, a component of the 403rd Wing located at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., is the only operational unit in the world flying weather reconnaissance on a routine basis. They provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Central Pacific for the National Hurricane Center. The unit also flies winter storm missions off both coasts of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Erik Hofmeyer)

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