Hurricane Hunters' Plane Barrels Through Dorian's Devastating Winds

September 2, 2019

A hurricane hunter's airplane gave researchers an up-close view of a terrifying storm. The reconnaissance plane, a Lockheed WP-3D Orion nicknamed "Kermit the Frog," is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Staffed with researchers and crew with nerves of steel, Kermit powered through Hurricane Dorian. The Category 5 hurricane had winds of 185 miles per hour, with gusts approaching 220 miles per hour.

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