The "Hurricane Hunters" in Peachtree City
June 13, 2009
The Air Force Reserve "Hurricane Hunters" (a.k.a. 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron) brought the hurricane-penetrating Lockheed-Martin WC-130J to Falcon Field in Peachtree City on Saturday June 13, 2009. The crew from the 403rd Wing, based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi met with the public, and conducted tours of their aircraft. The National Weather Office in Peachtree City, Georgia Office held an Open House in conjunction with hosting the Hurricane Hunter aircraft (C-130J) at Falcon Field. Both of the events were thought to be a great success. It ran from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with about 700 people touring the NWS office and well over 2000 people visiting the Hurricane Hunter. Our media partners made announcements during their broadcasts days leading up to the event. They can take credit for much of the participation, as we had visitors from near and distant counties in our CWA. Just prior to the start of the general public tours, we had media partners to visit the office, see the arrival and landing, and tour the C-130J. The level of participation by the public for this event was outstanding.
We also partnered with the Peachtree City CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) group, who had a trailer displaying materials and talked about being a CERT member; and the Fayetteville Police Department who provided tours of their Mobile Command Vehicle.
Forecaster Dan Darbe talking to some of the visitors at the display.
WCM Barry Gooden talking to some of the visitors during the office tour.
Forecaster Laura Griffith talking to some of the visitors during the office tour.