Whether you’re a pilot or not, flying into hurricanes just for the fun of it has become a thing. There are dozens of videos around the web of pilots doing just that and in a variety of different planes, all thanks, of course, to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, which comes with a live weather feature. So if there’s a hurricane, a hurricane is what you get. The rendering is pretty impressive. Here’s just one of them, and be forewarned that this non-pilot’s flying is pretty rough.
But to get a real comparison, we also checked out the real McCoy—actual video of a hurricane hunter, a C-130J Super Hercules from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters, really flying into the eye of Hurricane Laura.