Retrofit needed to keep US hurricane hunters flying into storms
A pair of aging airplanes that have flown into more than 100 hurricanes to provide data for U.S. meteorologists are to begin receiving a retrofit to extend their lifespan, though officials stress storm monitoring will not be impacted by the overhaul. Work on the two so-called hurricane hunters will be staggered over multiple years, ensuring one plane is always available to track a storm's intensity and path, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which operates the Florida-based planes.
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