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NEWS | Aug. 30, 2021

Hurricane Hunters fly out of JBSA-Lackland to track Hurricane Ida

502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing started relocating aircraft to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Aug. 27 as Hurricane Ida made its way towards the Gulf Coast.

The wing’s two flying units, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron and 815th Airlift Squadron, relocated their WC-130J and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

The 53rd WRS, better known as the Hurricane Hunters, flew their first mission into then-Tropical Depression Nine Aug. 26 over the western Caribbean Sea.

The data they collected for National Hurricane Center forecasters showed the storm had strengthened to a tropical storm, the ninth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. The Hurricane Hunters will continue to fly storm taskings from JBSA-Lackland.