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HIPPO II Flight #1 :: Colorado to Anchorage, AK

October 31, 2009

The NSF/NCAR GV took off at 10:00 am, from EOL's Research Aviation Facility (RAF) at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) in Broomfield, Colorado and flying to Anchorage, Alaska. The estimated flight duration was 6.5 hours.

On the way, they perform at least two vertical profiles to collect atmospheric data and air samples, one near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the other near Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada. You can view this flight's log of dip altitudes and position on FlightAware. These maneuvers are sometimes called "missed approaches" and the aircraft will descend and touch down at a previously selected airfield, taxi on the runway, and immediately depart again without stopping. These missed approaches are important so the scientists can collect samples at low speeds

Video :: RF01 Forward Looking Camera

Images taken during the flight from Colorado to Anchorage, AK.

Over Canada Sun Glare
Britt Thinking Bruce Daube
Henry Flying Steve Flying
Jason Morris Kurt Zrubek

Bruce & Eric

The G-V arrives in Anchorage and is escorted into the hangar.

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HIPPO is a landmark study for many reasons, not the least of which is it is the first time scientists have systematically mapped global distribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, covering the full troposphere in all seasons and multiple years.

  • HIPPO I :: 8 January-30 January 2009
  • HIPPO II :: 31 October-22 November 2009
  • HIPPO III :: 24 March-16 April 2010
  • HIPPO IV :: 14 June-11 July 2011
  • HIPPO V :: 9 August-9 September 2011