Two scientists will be involved in a new experiment which will repurpose an A-10 Warthog, or Thunderbolt, or Tank Buster or all-out awesome aircraft to study severe weather. The $13 million dollar conversion will turn this beast of a plane into a "next-generation storm penetrator." Since this aircraft is so heavily armored, I imagine it would stand up well to 5 inch diameter hail and 100 m.p.h. updrafts. Here's who will be on during the live chat put together by Science Magazine.
Bradley Smull: Program director at the National Science Foundation who previously logged more than 1200 hours in a P-3 Orion Hurricane Hunter aircraft studying severe weather.
Sonia Lasher-Trapp: Associate Professor at Purdue University who has been involved in field research over the past 5 years to better understand how precipitation develops within clouds.
I think this sight will shake the raindrops out of those storms...
- Fully Armed A-10 Thunderbolt
Probably won't be fully armed though... Just sayin...