Met Office C-130 Aircraft

From 1972 to 2001 the Meteorological Research Flight (MRF) operated a C-130 aircraft which was comprehensively equipped to make a wide variety of atmospheric observations. As can be seen from its appearance, it had been heavily modified for this role and was one of the most sophisticated 'flying laboratories' for atmospheric research in the world. The long striped probe on the nose allows sensitive instruments to make measurements, for example of turbulence, in a region outside the influence of the aircraft itself; it also gives the aircraft its nickname of 'Snoopy'. More information about the Aircraft characteristics and instruments are available.