In September of 1989, Kermit penetrated the eye of Hurricane Hugo at 1,500 feet, encountering severe turbulence and winds of over 200 miles an hour. One of its four engines quit in the eyewall. The P-3 entered the eye, losing altitude rapidly. Finally recovering at 790 feet, the aircraft climbed at an agonizingly slow rate to a safe altitude where it could exit the storm and return to base. Hurricane Hugo was a shake-up call for Kermit. Fortunately, the 1989 experience didn’t scare off Alan Goldstein (standing), who is now chief of AOC’s Science and Engineering Division.