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Diving Guide 1
2 3 Island Guide Shipwrecks SCUBA Expeditions Bio
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Women Divers' Hall of Fame
• • Elected President WDHOF • • WDHOF Report
United Nations Environment Program
• • Hurricane Hunting 1 2 • • 2010 Diver Of the Year 12
Dolphin Rescue Articles 1
2 3a 3b 4 • • CSI Whales Alive! • • Explorers' Club 2001 Dinners 200120062010
With the President of the Phillipines
• • Wyland Icon Award • • Press Releases 1 2 3
   
  

  
Martha Watkins Gilkes
Flying with the
HURRICANE HUNTERS
~ HURRICANE FABIAN ~
September 2003


6 September, 2003: Just returned from my "flight on the wild side" and wanted to give you a short review of the most incredible thing I have ever done... this tops diving with hammerhead sharks!!! And cloud formations which were BREATH-TAKING!!

Attached are a few photos to tell the tale...
DESCRIPTIONS BELOW!

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Martha during the flight...
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Inside the C-130..
Hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror (this was obviously not a moment of terror, as Martha downloads digital camera pics into notebook computer). A great overview of the inside of this large airplane.
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Top of the eye wall...
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Martha holding Drop Sonde
...inside the eye of Category 4 hurricane Fabian. ...instrument used to measure hurricane info, with Drop Sonde Officer MSgt. Lee Snyder, most senior Hurricane Hunter (featured in "Wild is the wind", below).
Special Hurricane Hunters Features by Martha Watkins Gilkes:

(Both stories courtesy of THE LIAT ISLANDER MAGAZINE, the inflight magazine of LIAT - The Caribbean Airline)

Summary of my flight through Hurricane Fabian
(RTF file, no macros or viruses, can be opened with almost any word processor)

Here are some other books on the same subject, from Amazon.com:
Stormchasers: The Hurricane Hunters and Their Fateful Flight into Hurricane Janet Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History 2001 Severe Weather and Storms Photo Gallery and Image Files from the NOAA The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome Hurricane Hunters (Aircraft) Hurricane Hunters and Tornado Chasers: Life in the Eye of the Storm (Extreme Careers)
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Erik Larson, Isaac Monroe Cline
CD-ROM by
World Spaceflight News
(Sept2001)
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Jim Carrier
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Timothy R. Gaffney
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Lois Sakany, Dana Asher

  

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Martha and the C-130 crew
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Just before takeoff
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   Martha and Colonel Odom, Public Relations for the Hurricane Hunters, just before takeoff.
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Martha with Hurricane Hunter tattoo!
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CREW DINNER...
(DONT WORRY MOM... it's NOT PERMANENT!! So now I have been initiated into the club of the fly boys... ...to celebrate the last night! Celebration dinner with Hurricane Hunter crew and NBC TODAY SHOW crew !
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LIAT Dash-8 in foreground...
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Martha and a C-130 (previous trip)
That's my ride home! The Hurricane Hunter C-130 is in the background...

  

Click HERE for a copy of the article from the "Antigua Sun" announcing Martha's talk on 20 September, 2003 about her experience.

  

 

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Diving Guide 1
2 3 Island Guide Shipwrecks SCUBA Expeditions Bio
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Women Divers' Hall of Fame
• • Elected President WDHOF • • WDHOF Report
United Nations Environment Program
• • Hurricane Hunting 1 2 • • 2010 Diver Of the Year 12
Dolphin Rescue Articles 1
2 3a 3b 4 • • CSI Whales Alive! • • Explorers' Club 2001 Dinners 200120062010
With the President of the Phillipines
• • Wyland Icon Award • • Press Releases 1 2 3
   
  

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