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NOAA pilots make Hurricane Hunter history

Posted: 8:09 AM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 09:09:46-04

Two NOAA pilots made history over the weekend.

Lieutenant Commander Rebecca Waddington and Captain Kristie Twining are the agencies first all female Hurricane Hunter flight crew.

When they flew toward Hurricane Hector in Hawaii on Sunday, it was the first time two female pilots had shared a cockpit on a NOAA hurricane mission.

Since the NOAA Hurricane Hunters program began in the 1960s, no two women had ever piloted a plane together.

The two say while they’re proud of their accomplishment, they are more proud of the mission they are doing and the safety they are providing for people.

Female Hurricane Hunters
Lieutenant Commander Rebecca Waddington and Captain Kristie Twining are the agencies first all female Hurricane Hunter flight crew.