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HIPPO II Flight #4 :: Kona, HI to Rarotonga, CI

November 7, 2009

HIPPO II RF04 :: Forward CameraThe G-V flew from Kona, Hawaii to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, after completing RF04 (Research Flight #4) with 8 dips along the way, last dip being 100 miles east of America Samoa. You can see the 8 dips and the flight path in the image above from Google Earth.

Explore all of the days' images from theNSF/NCAR G-V's forward-camera that is mounted under the left wing.

Despite the rain, the HIPPO crew is still planning on having an outreach event where close to 20 people are expected to attend to learn more about the HIPPO project and the modified G-V.

RarotongaBiomassBurning.jpgThe image to the left was taken as the NSF/NCAR G-V was approaching Rarotonga, and you can see plumes of pollution from the biomass burning on the island.

Rarotonga is a very friendly destination for aircraft operations. The hotel is right on the beach and very good; internet connectivity is not very fast and costs extra but not unreasonable. All groups are able to get online for data submissions. The pool is full of kids playing and getting wet from both the pool water and pouring rain.

The next stop is Christchurch, with departure from Rarotonga Monday, November 9 at 1000 and approximately 7 hour flight duration.

Video :: RF04 Forward Looking Camera

Video :: Landing in Rarotonga, Cook Islands


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