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On Sept. 11, 1954, a specially modified Air Force B-29 Superfortress with the 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Weather Wing of the Air Weather Service took off from Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda with some unusual cargo on board: A 46-year-old radio and broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, the host of CBS News’ See It Now and one of the most revered media figures of the 20th century known for his candor, virtue, and trustworthiness. And aircraft wasn’t giving Murrow a lift back to New York — the “Hurricane Hunters” of the 53rd were flying him directly into the heart of a hurricane.

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