As I mentioned last week, I am on a field project for most of the month of March that is studying atmospheric turbulence in the wake of mountains. Today is my last full day at the Research Aviation Facility (RAF) of the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Broomfield, CO. Tomorrow I fly out to California to deploy a radar and video equipment and join the ground campaign. In my time in Colorado I was able to fly on the only research mission that went up this week as part of the project. Below I have attached some of the photos from the flight.
The Gulfstream V aircraft we used.
The instrument rack that I was responsible for.
View from the cockpit during take-off.
View of the plane from my seat.
Rocky Mountains as we flew over.
Aha! We have reached the target area and there is turbulence in the valley.
Other crew members prepare to release dropsondes over the valley.
After nearly 10 hours in the air, it felt good to be back on the ground.
The hangar did look impressive at night.