Tracking NASA's DC-8 in the Heart of Hurricane Earl
This is a screen capture tracking NASA's DC-8 aircraft as it flew into Hurricane Earl on September 1 during NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) Mission. "N817NA" is the number of the DC-8's side and on this image indicates the location of the aircraft at the time this image was captured. The black lines and flags represent the flight pattern.
On Sept. 2, the Global Hawk arrived at Hurricane Earl in the Atlantic early on the morning. The pilotless plane had a 20-plus hour flight to study the storm. The DC-8 took off from Fort Lauderdale at 12 noon EDT and flew on an 8-hour flight to Earl. The WB-57, temporarily based in Tampa, also flew to the hurricane on Sept. 2.
Image Credit: NASA/Europa Technologies/NOAA/Navy/NGA/GEBCO/Google
Caption: NASA/Rob Gutro/Steve Cole