This all-female flight crew just made history as they flew into Hurricane Hector's wrath path
This all-women flight crew took Hurricane Hector head on and made history in the process.
Flying toward and above hurricanes is their job protocol, but over the weekend this particular crew made history by being the first all-female flight crew to undertake and pilot a hurricane hunting mission.
According to the report by CNN, Lieutenant Commander Rebecca Waddington and Captain Kristie Twining shared the cockpit during the flight to Hawaii, a major milestone for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Not only were they the first all-female flight crew to do so, but it was also the first time two female pilots shared the cockpit of a NOAA Hurricane Hunters aircraft.
In fact, CNN reported that since the programme began in the 1960s, no two women had ever piloted a plane together.
Waddington, who has been a pilot with the NOAA Corps for eight years, told CNN that while they are proud about having made female history, they are more proud of their mission and the work they do to ensure everyone's safety.
These flights can be quite lengthy and during their eight-hour flight, Waddington told CNN that she and Twining circumnavigated the raging Hurricane Hector, but other than good old female camaraderie, the mission was nothing the pair weren't used to in their regular routine.
"We have a team of fantastic pilots whether male or female," she said. "We all get along, we train together, we are very standardised and we are a very cohesive team."
The planes that NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly are specially-equipped to withstand high altitudes above and around hurricanes and tropical storms. The research jet is used, as its name implies, for the collection of data about tropical storms and hurricanes. The teams tend to be up in the air for hours at a time while gathering information about the hurricane's temperature, humidity, pressure and wind speed at different elevations.
CNN explains that teams like Waddington and Twining's help build a vertical profile of the atmosphere near a storm by dropping data collection devices from the aircraft to collect this information.
"I hope it inspires young women to show them what is possible and what they can do," said Waddington.