The Thunderstorm Project 18th Conference on Severe Local Storms Luncheon Speech* Roscoe R. Braham Jr. Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina In August 1940 a Penn Central DC-3 went down 1. Introductio n in a thunderstorm near Lovettsville, Virginia, killing Thank you, Dr. Biggerstaff. Ladie s and Gentlemen, Senator Lundeen from Minnesota and 24 others. At I appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about the the time it was the worst accident in the history of Thunderstor m Project (TSP), as w e approach the 50th America n commercial aviation. This was not the first, anniversary of its first field season. no r the last, commercial airliner to go down in an Perhaps it would be more appropriate if this talk encounte r with a thunderstorm, but it must have wer e given by Dr. Horace Byers, who was director caugh t the attention of Congress (Washington Post of the Thunderstor m Project. Unfortunatel y his physi- 1940; CA B 1940). cal condition prevents him from traveling. I talked In July 1943 an American Airlines DC-3 crashed with him recently, and he sends his regards. It would during
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1996
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