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Meteorological research aircraft run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is a Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft. It is equipped with a wide array of sensors for measuring atmospheric conditions, such as humidity and wind speed. The aircraft is often used by "hurricane hunters", when it is flown in and around hurricanes to gather data. Photographed in September 2005.
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