Mission Summary
20030912I1 Aircraft 43RF
Ocean Winds/CBLAST experiment
into Hurricane Isabel 2003

Aircraft Crew (43RF)
A/C commanderRandy TeBeest
Co-pilotDave Tennesen
Co-pilotTom Strong
NavigatorCarl Newman
Flight EngineerDewie Floyd
Flight EngineerGreg Bast
Flight DirectorPaul Flaherty
Flight DirectorBarry Damiano
Data TechTerry Lynch
El TechDamon Sans Souci
Data TechRay Tong
AXBT TechJohn Smith

Scientific Crew (43RF)
Lead ScientistMike Black
AXBT ScientistEric Uhlhorn
Radar ScientistRob Rogers
Satellite ScientistRay Zehr
CBLAST ScientistJeff French
CBLAST ScientistJim Laswell
NASA ScientistEd Walsh

Mission Plan :

The flight will leave St. Croix, USVI at 10:00 AM AST and recover at 6:30 PM AST at St. Croix, USVI.

Mission Summary :

Take off Landing
St. Croix, USVI15:06 UTC St. Croix, USVI22:08 UTC

The flight left St. Croix, USVI at 15:06 UTC and returned to St. Croix at 22:08 UTC.

N43RF had three separate penetrations into the large eye and was able to execute a complete step-descent pattern about 70 n.mi. ENE of the center, both upwind and cross-wind patterns, down to 200 ft.. The crew was able to collect excellent BAT probe, CIP probe, and radar data, as well as great video and digital photographs.

Mission Data :

One second listing | One minute listing

Flight Director log | LPS log | Radar log | Drop log

PDF of plots of sonde drops

PDF of plots of ALL sonde drops

Flight Data

Flight track

Temperature and Moisture

Wind and Altitude

Flight track detail

flight Track 12 sonde drops SFMR winds Leg 1 SFMR winds Leg 2 SFMR winds Leg 3 altitude step descent winds step descent

Leg Track Alt Start End
Upwind 160 1200 175107 175910
Downwind 350 900 180357 180800
Upwind 155 600 180135 181815
Downwind 345 400 182150 182610
Downwind 315 200 182820 183230
Inward 200 400 183545 183959
Outward 020 300 184215 184758
Inward 190 600 185033 185630
Outward 030 900 185835 190509
Inward 200 1200 190655 191230

Problems :

  1. SRA had some problems and is not available.

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