On Thursday May 7, 2009, the P-3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft visited the Wilmington International Airport. Click on the links below to see the pictures and descriptions.
The P-3 aircraft with a cumulonimbus cloud developing in the background.
Science and Operations Officer Reid Hawkins...Journey Forecaster Ron Steve...Electronics Technician Vinny Gonzales...and Senior Meteorologist Tim Armstrong(background) getting the display set-up.
Some of the other organizations getting set up.
Ominous clouds off to the north.
Meteorologist in Charge Mike Caropolo preparing for a television interview.
Science Information Officer Reid Hawkins and Lead Forecaster Tim Armstrong talking with students from Rachel Freeman Elementary School in Wilmington.
Students checking out a University of North Carolina Wilmington booth.
After morning showers...the skies cleared and the line to tour the P-3 grew longer.
An official from the crew directing traffic.
Mark Suddoth speaking to students from South Topsail Elementary School.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Cole from the Morehead City office along with Tim Armstrong, Senior Meteorologist from the Wilmington office.
Students from Acme-Delco Elementary School listening intently to Science Officer Donald Hawkins.
As the afternoon passed...the line to tour the P-3 diminished.
Science Officer Donald Hawkins and Meteorologist in Charge Mike Caropolo making sure the van doesn't roll away.