Don’t Be Alarmed If You See These Three Aircrafts Flying Lower Than Normal

NASA says the three WB-57s will take a historic photo while flying in formation.

a WB-57 in flight
The trio of WB-57s will take a historic photo flight in formation around the Greater Houston area.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be flying a trio of WB-57s around the Greater Houston area on Thursday, November 19th. So don’t be alarmed if you see the planes flying lower than usual or in formation — it is planned, intentional,  and as NASA says, historical.  

According to NASA, these aircrafts have been flying scientific research missions since the early 1960s as part of a High Altitude Research Program. Their home is Ellington Airport near the Johnson Space Center.  NASA says the missions include: “atmospheric and earth science research, cosmic dust collection, rocket launch support, and research and design test bed operations for airborne and spaceborne systems.”

These pilots also fly over weather systems to collect information for forecasters from NOAA and the Naval Research Laboratory.

NASA encourages people to photograph and post images and video of the aircrafts on social media using the hashtag #WB57.