Photos by Senior Airman Jose L. Leon 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Airmen from the 86th Operations Support Squadron weather flight provide weather forecasts, warnings, watches and conditions for the KMC and worldwide through meteorological and aviation networks. The data collected is used to plan for missions. Wind direction information provided to air traffic controllers helps determine which direction aircraft will take off and land. The weather flight also relays severe weather information to help determine if aircraft need to be in hangars or evacuated to an alternate location. Tracking forecasts and reported conditions from around Europe in order to inform flights of potential hazards, the 86th OSS weather flight ensures operations are not in the dark about the weather.