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Breaking Through The Eyewall
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Published: February 3, 2018
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There likely is no aircraft with a more appropriate name than the C-130 Hercules. The airplane is a true workhorse which has been adapted for many rugged duty missions. The WC-130J is known as “Hurricane Hunter”. The extreme conditions encountered when flying through such a storm make this a job not for the faint of heart. Flown by the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron crews fly into hurricanes and obtain valuable data and measurements about the strength and intensity of the storm. This information is invaluable and serves to save the lives of countless thousands in the path of the storm. I started this piece during the peak of hurricane season 2017. Prints are available through my website, www.markkarvon.net.
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ClearedHot's avatar
ClearedHot|Hobbyist Writer
Long live the Hercules. 
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MK46ASROC's avatar
MK46ASROC|Student Traditional Artist
awesome! glad to see you're back!
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I've never been gone.
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Lady-Pilot's avatar
Great art and great aircraft. 
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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KiburakMangakka-san|Student Traditional Artist
Incredible
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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GAZVodnik|Hobbyist Writer
And the winds aren't strong enough to rip its wings off?
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The main issues with penetrating a hurricane are the up and downdrafts. I've been in clear air turbulence, and that is no joke, Hurricanes aren't just 120mph sheer as you enter and exit the eye, but about the same in updrafts and downdrafts, and "Fat Albert" is one of the few types proven to be tough enough to deal.
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
It can fly 400 MPH. I think it can handle 125 MPH winds.
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davincipoppalag|Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent piece!
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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davincipoppalag|Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!
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Headzor's avatar
Amazing work Mark!

Agreed about the Herc as well, it was the one plan that inspired me in my efforts to join the RAAF. I saw one of them sitting at Hobart airport and said to my nan "I am going to fly that one day and call it Stella" (after her). Unfortunately i never did have the honour :(
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin's avatar
A great image.  My late Uncle flew B-50s out of Guam on a similar mission and had the... fatal misfortune... to be on the one that found out in the hardest way that the Russians had detonated an H-Bomb.  His favorite aircraft was the B-57 'Canberra.'
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Was his aircraft caught in the radiation?
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Yes.  The whole crew's badges were maxed out by the time they returned to base. He died of bone cancer.  A dear friend of my father's met a similar fate, he was one of the navy personnel marched around Eniewetok Atoll after the Bikini tests.
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
Excellent. :salute:
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
Many welcomes, Sir. :D
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Midway2009|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These guys are true daredevils when comes to tracking hurricanes. :boogie:
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