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HIPPO II Flight #3 :: Anchorage, AK to Kona, HI

November 4, 2009

The NSF/NCAR G-V flew from Anchorage, AK to Kona, HI traveling just over 2,400 NM (Nautical Miles) in 7 hours and 48 minutes, performing 8 dips.

In the image above, you can see the flight profile and the 8 dips during the flight. The G-V usually travels to about 45,000' just after take off and before landing, the remaining time is spent profiling between 1000' and 28,000'.

You can follow the NSF/NCAR G-V and get these same wonderful images (above), whenever it is in flight by opening this file in Google Earth and check the desired checkbox (live_flight_tracking.kml). You do however, need to have Google Earth installed on your computer

Video :: RF03 Forward Looking Camera

HIPPO RF03 :: Mushroom Clouds
HIPPO Phase II :: RF03
Mushroom Clouds
HIPPO RF03 :: Sun Rays
HIPPO Phase II :: RF03
Sun Rays

HIPPO RF03 :: Sunset
HIPPO Phase II :: RF 03
Sunset Over the Pacific


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