“When I say this was the roughest flight of my career, I mean it.”
Absolutely horrifying quote coming from professional Hurricane Hunter Nick Underwood after his plane flew through Hurricane Ian to collect data on the size and strength of the storm.
Underwood is an aerospace engineer for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and part of a team that flew through the midst of the Category 4 storm in some of, if not the, wildest conditions he’d ever witnessed.
He shared some photos of the eye along with a video of the inside of the plane, where the turbulence and bucking is enough to make me a bit nauseous and I’m just sitting on the couch…
“I’ve never seen so much lightning in an eye.”
He also gave some answers to the insane amount of questions that were pouring in from all corners of the internet.
Of course, it’s absolutely insane to fly any plane through one of the most powerful storms on Earth, but did you catch that one small, but very important bit of knowledge he dropped?
THE PLANE WAS BUILT IN THE 1970’s!
They’re getting bucked around thousands of feet in the air in a 50 year old plane?
Oh hell no, absolutely not. Theses guys are out of their damn minds. And also the coolest people I’ve ever seen… talk about a dichotomy. Luckily for them, this bird has seen some shit.. like dozens and dozens of hurricanes since in its 50 years.
Old reliable, eh?
Stay safe out there people…
Cool pics though…