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Event Information
Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) & the United States Air Force (USAF) will visit five U.S. East Coast locations, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J hurricane hunter aircraft and a NOAA WP-3D Orion aircraft, to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.
What 2024 Hurricane Awareness Tour

Orlando Sanford International Airport
2841 Flight Line Ave
Sanford, FL 32773

When May 10th, 2024
Admission Free! Registration is Required!
Things To Do
  • Tour Hurricane Hunter aircraft
  • Meet the pilots & flight crew
  • Speak with hurricane forecasters
  • Meet with local National Weather Service meteorologists
  • Walk through exhibits from various agencies & organizations
  • Learn about weather safety & preparedness
About The Planes

WC-130J "Hercules"

The WC-130J is a high-wing, medium-range aircraft used in weather reconnaissance missions. This plane is configured to penetrate tropical disturbances and storms, hurricanes and winter storms and obtains data on the movement, size and intensity of these systems. The WC-130J is the weather data collection platform for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. It carries a minimal crew of five: pilot, co-pilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance weather officer and weather reconnaissance loadmaster. The crew collects and reports weather data as often as every minute.

WP-3D "Orion"

The versatile turboprop aircraft is equipped with a variety of scientific instrumentation, radars, and recording systems for both in-situ and remote sensing measurements of the atmosphere, the earth, and its’ environment. Orion aircraft collects low-altitude data to fill gaps in data not available from ground-based radar or satellite imagery.

Public Tours Schedule

1:30 P.M.          Gates Open For Public Tours
3:00 P.M.          Gates Closed For Public Tours

Tours Will Continue Through 4:00 P.M.

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Parking Information

The Hurricane Awareness Tour will be held at the Orlando Sanford International Airport:
Million Air, 2841 Flight Line Ave, Sanford, FL 32773

Guests will be directed to the main parking lot upon arrival:
3060 Carrier Ave, Sanford, FL 32773.