As the Eastern states prepare for Hurricane Irene's wrath, others are doing some remarkable feats to help protect us. Pilots from the U.S. Air Force have stared the beast in the eye and lived to tell about it.
Brave pilots form MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, along with scientists have the daunting, dangerous task of tracking Irene to collect data. This involves flying directly into the eye of the hurricane, which they did early Thurday morning.
Click on the video below to view this fascinating yet terrifying flight, which took 8 long hours.