Hurricane Hunter

Lockheed WC-130 Hurricane Hunter (Flicker Photo Sharing)

Lockheed WC-130 Hurricane Hunter (Flicker Photo Sharing)


Shortly after the WC-130s arrived at Ramey an airborne meteorologist became our neighbor in Isabela.

His stories were fascinating.

He told me that a barometric altimeter is of no use inside a storm cell.  The WC-130 had a pair of SCR-718 radar altimeter indicators setting side-by-side–two independent systems.  If their readings differed by more than 50 feet they didn’t enter the storm.

I became familiar with the SCR-718 in the mid-1950s while I stationed at Charleston AFB, South Carolina.  I was surprised they were still in use.

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