Airmen caught flying into Martha’s Vineyard to pick up a vintage motorcycle


A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., takes off for a mission into Tropical Depression Nine Aug. 26, 2021. The 53rd WRS Hurricane Hunters support the National Hurricane Center by collecting atmospheric data in tropical systems allowing for more accurate forecasting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Pittman)

Jesse Lieberman, The Sun Herald

Members of the famed Hurricane Hunters Air Force team based in Biloxi have found themselves in a bit of hot water after an improvised stop for some unscheduled cargo.

According to Martha’s Vineyard Times, the Hurricane Hunters plane landed in Martha’s Vineyard Airport Friday for less than a half hour. Crewman were seen loading a vintage BMW motorcycle onto the plane before returning to the air.

“While performing an off-station training mission, a U.S. Air Force Reserve crew with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron 403 wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi made an unplanned stop at Martha’s Vineyard Airport, Massachusetts March 24,” Lt. Col Marnee Losurdo told the Times.

The Hurricane Hunters are based at Keesler Air Force Base and often fly out of the Coast and into major storm systems.

“They provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the central Pacific Ocean for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The unit also flies winter storm missions off both coasts of the United States,” according to their website.

The Hurricane Hunters have 10 WC-130J aircrafts, also known as Super Hercules, that are very recognizable.

When the hulking plane landed in Martha’s Vineyard, locals took notice.

“We heard the noise before we saw the plane,” Doug Ulwick told the Times. He was eating at a restaurant nearby when the plane made its landing.

Losurdo told the Times the investigation into the unplanned trip won’t be completed for a couple of weeks.

The Sun Herald reached out to Losurdo for comment but did not receive a call back.


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