Has got to be one of the oddest flight paths I've ever seen, it's routing is BJC-BJC but it's covered at least a thousand miles today over the plains. Did alot of circling over Kansas and now looks to be heading toward the storm fronts over Texas. I ran the reg and it appears to be registered to the National Science Foundation, then I remembered that NOAA is based up in Boulder and BJC is basically Boulder's main airport. Is it a NOAA run?
Tornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1650 times:
You're close. It's actually UCAR's. University Center for Atmospheric Research, based there in Boulder.
NOAA uses a G-IV, and their plane would show up registered to the US Dept. of Commerce. http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/aircraft_g4.htm Typically seen near hurricanes flying high missions (hence the choice of a Gulfstream) while the Hurricane Hunter's go in at 10,000 feet.
UCAR is heavily funded by the federal gov't, but also many many universities and so forth. Here's more information, with a picture of the bird in question. Quite the snazzy paint job IMHO, and as a meteorologist and aviation geek it's my ultimate dream to be in that bird someday. http://www.ucar.edu/org/posters/pdfs/HIAPERsm.pdf