Aircraft used in thunderstorm studies

Aircraft used in thunderstorm studies

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Credit: PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Flying into a storm. A heavily-modified T-28 trainer aircraft, used to study conditions inside thunderstorms. The aircraft has very extensively strengthened wings and fuselage to cope with the very violent turbulence inside a cumulonimbus thundercloud. Inside such a cloud there is freezing rain or hail, vertical wind shears of up to 100 km/h, lightning and zero visibility for a pilot. As a consequence, as much data as possible is collected from each flight - a variety of instrumented pods are mounted under the wings. The aircraft is operated by the National Weather Service in the USA.

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Keywords: aircraft, atmosphere, climate, research, research a/craft, storm, thunderstor, thunderstorm, thunderstorm researc, weather, weather research

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