|NASA ER-2 No. 806 flies a research mission.
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ER-2 part of Atlantic storm study
By Jay Levine
NASA's ER-2 was recently used in a severe-weather study along the U.S. eastern seaboard. Based in Bangor, Maine, the aircraft flew missions during November and December in support of the 2003 Atlantic THORPEX (The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment) Regional Campaign.
Scientists tracked winter storms across the North Atlantic using instruments on board the ER-2 and the University of North Dakota's Cessna Citation II as well as with ground stations and satellites. The project goal is to improve short-term weather forecasts for areas impacted by powerful winter storms.
The aircraft also was used by scientists to make observations for the Advanced Satellite Aviation Weather Products application team, based at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. Those measurements may help to improve aviation weather forecasts.
This was the second ocean observation campaign to support THORPEX, a 10-year international research program. The first, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, during February and March 2003, captured measurements over the Pacific.
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