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Science in the Sky: How NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center supports research from 500 to 45,000 ft.

March 31, 2021

NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, FL

Want to fly with NOAA? NOAA aircraft are used to measure conditions in a hurricane, count marine mammals, map our coastline, and even measure water content in snow. NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center manages, operates, and maintains 10 specialized aircraft to support NOAA research. Come and learn about our team of NOAA Corps officers and federal employees who fly, instrument, repair, and support our crewed and uncrewed aircraft. Walk along the hangar floor, visit our calibration lab and metal shop, and see our aircraft up-close. This NOAA Live! Webinar is part of our NOAA Open House Series during which we will “travel” (virtually) across the country to showcase some of the amazing places our NOAA scientists, engineers, educators, technicians, and interns work.

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations captioned tours of aircraft: P-3, G-IV, Twin Otter, and King Air (each is 10-15 minutes long).
» NOAA Commissioned Corps
» Past NOAA Live! Webinar recording: Hunting Hurricanes with a NOAA Pilot

March 2021 Open House Series