Tampa - On this date 25 years ago, NOAA's P-3 hurricane
hunter Kermit made its first flight. To celebrate
this milestone, the now mostly retired crew members will
reunite at NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center. But Jim Dugranrut
will be right at home. An electronics engineer on that initial
flight, Jim continues to work at NOAA. He's now the center's
deputy director, and the only crew member still at NOAA.
Kermit flew into three hurricanes its first time
out - Hurricane Bonnie in the eastern Pacific and then Hurricanes
Francis and Gloria in the Atlantic.