hurricane hunter WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV aircraft conducted
ten long flights into and around the eye of Hurricane Katrina.
Lt. Mike Silah, a P-3 pilot, got to see Hurricane Katrina
up close and personal, especially when she was an extremely
dangerous Category Five storm in the Gulf of Mexico. The day
before the powerful and destructive storm made landfall on
the USA Gulf Coast, Silah snapped a series of images capturing
the eyewall of Katrina. Silah
is a NOAA Corps officer based at the NOAA Aircraft Operations
Center in Tampa, Fla. NOAA civilian flight engineer Dewie
Floyd took photos of Hurricane Katrina’s eyewall as
the storm made landfall.