Flying high in the 21st century
The year 2005 heralded the arrival of the nation's most advanced research aircraft, the High-Performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research, or HIAPER. HIAPER is a Gulfstream V executive jet specially adapted to conduct research. NCAR operates the G-V for the National Science Foundation on behalf of the research community. The jet can reach altitudes of up to 51,000 feet and has a range of 7,000 miles, allowing global studies not previously possible.