(10.) Francis Kalinowski, "The History of the 154th (Observation, Tactical, Reconnaissance) Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
(Medium), 1940-1945," http://www.15thaf.org/154th_Weather_Sqdn/PDFs/The%20History%20of%20the%20154th.pdf, accessed March 2, 2015.
In December 1953, VJ-2 was redesignated Airborne Early Warning Squadron (AEW) 4 and again Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (VW) 4 in January 1954.
After much reorganization after the war, the Navy and Air Force weather services formally established weather reconnaissance squadrons and clear-cut hurricane hunting requirements for the Atlantic and Pacific.
Being the only weather reconnaissance squadron
in the Department of Defense providing surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes for the National Hurricane Center can present some unique challenges--like how to accomplish aircrew training.
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
's Hurricane Hunters based at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, McChord Field, Washington, have vastly different missions; however, the one thing they do have in common is saving lives.
Now you can find out in season one of The Weather Channel's new character-driven documentary series that takes you up close and personal with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
"Hurricane Hunters" of Air Force Reserve Command's 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
Justin James, a weather reconnaissance loadmaster with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., demonstrates the process of launching a dropsonde during a training mission for local and national media members as part of the 403rd Wing's annual media day.
Matt Couch, a loadmaster with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
, communicates with the pilot as they prepare for a 10-hour mission into the remnant of Hurricane Felicia at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in August.
The 403rd Wing is the parent organization to both the 815th Airlift Squadron and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
. The wing and its people continued both the airlift and hurricance reconnaissance missions without missing a single tasking despite working from a forward operating location at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.
Later, the earliest U-2 squadrons based in London and Turkey were called the first and second "Weather Reconnaissance Squadrons
." (And when an airborne missile detection system crashed in New Mexico in 1947, leading many residents to think that an alien spaceship had landed, military authorities claimed the wreckage to have been a weather balloon.)