What is the mechanical reason why hurricanes are explored with propeller planes, and not jet planes? Is it because of the density of water in clouds therein?
Originally posted by chroot
It's most likely because prop planes fly more slowly and are more agile, giving the investigators more time to study.
It depends on the aircraft, but many jets have pretty high stall speeds -- and especially in the environment near a major storm, winds can quickly change direction and cause an aircraft to stall. By contrast, a Cessna with 40 degrees of flaps in the breeze can fly as slowly as about 35 miles per hour.Originally posted by Chemicalsuperfreak
They are? I didn't know that,
I thought it was because prop planes are cheaper and easier for scientists to afford with their scanty grants.