Air Force ‘Hurricane Hunters’ in hot water after landing in Martha’s Vineyard to pick up motorcycle


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The U.S. Air Force reprimanded the crew of a WC-130 Hercules cargo plane after the aircraft landed in Martha’s Vineyard to pick up a personal motorcycle.

Command of the 403rd wing Stuart Rubio told CNN, “We hold our reservists to the highest standards of conduct and these actions are not tolerated.”

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A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

The crew was flying from Mississippi to Rhode Island in March. The plane made an unofficial stop in Martha’s Vineyard and picked up the motorcycle before continuing to its final destination. Each member of the crew received a downgrade on their qualifications and will need to earn back their status. 

The crew were members of the “Hurricane Hunters” – a special task force used to monitor and react to dangerous weather. The crew’s Hercules aircraft has a variety of sensors and computers for monitoring weather conditions.

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The Air Force recently saw a historic conviction of a general.

The logo of the Department of the U.S. Air Force at the U.S. embassy, in Berlin, on Aug. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

The logo of the Department of the U.S. Air Force at the U.S. embassy, in Berlin, on Aug. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

The major general accused of three sexual misconduct charges was convicted on one charge in Ohio Saturday, the first-ever conviction of a general in the branch’s history.

Maj. Gen. William Cooley was found guilty by a military judge of forcibly kissing a woman – a civilian, who is not a Department of Defense employee – and he was acquitted of two alleged forcible touching incidents during a weeks-long court-martial at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.



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