Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Colonel Joseph Duckworth, a Weather Hero


Colonel Duckworth (1903-1962) was the first person to purposely fly through the eye of a hurricane in 1943. Bill Murray of Alabamawx.com wrote an interesting post about that event that occurred 64 years ago this week.

Above is a photo of the type of aircraft that he used on his historic flight that gave birth to the folks we now know as hurricane hunters.

Flying with the hurricane hunters would have to be in my top three (of many) weather geek dreams and fantasies.

9 comments:

Dewdrop said...

It's on my list of things "Dew must do before she dies"....

Mike said...

That is going to be a difficult one for us to pull off.

Rick said...

I know!! Be the first to fly an ultralight aircraft into a hurricane. You would be the first to do so. You wold also be the first to set a new air speed record. ;-)...sometimes I just crack myself up!.....

Mike said...

Surely you are referring to Dew. I want a HEAVY DUTY aircraft when I go into the hurricane!

Cookeville Weather Guy said...

Definitely a cool story!

Dewdrop said...

I am thinking heavy duty is in order there... I could join the reserves and possibly do that... something to consider, huh?

Mike said...

Dew, you will go to great lenghths to experience severe wx, won't you?!

Dewdrop said...

Maybe, I'm crazy...

Mike said...

You are...for weather...reminds me of the song "You may be right" by Billy Joel...