Engines are on as NOAA’s hurricane hunter P3 gets ready for take off to fly into Hurricane Matthew. NOAA43 will take off at 2AM Eastern (0600 UTC) from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL for an eight hour mission. Just like the G-IV jet, the P3 will fly missions twice a day. Below is the proposed flight track. The dots on the flight track (shown in green) represent the aircraft turn points. The red dots in the figure show the locations that launch weather balloons twice a day while the purple dots are the locations that launch balloons once a day.