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Departing balmy Antarctica, 109th Airlift Wing heading home

A New York Air National Guard LC-130 Hercules is equipped with ski-landing gear that allows the aircraft to land on ice or snow while airlifting supplies to remote locations throughout the Antarctic continent.
A New York Air National Guard LC-130 Hercules is equipped with ski-landing gear that allows the aircraft to land on ice or snow while airlifting supplies to remote locations throughout the Antarctic continent.
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One might assume some warmer weather would be a blessing for anyone toiling in Antarctica. But when temperatures soar into the relatively balmy mid-20s, getting people and equipment in and out of McMurdo Station can become a bit of an issue. Pegasus Field, a runway built on blue ice that can accommodate large wheeled aircraft, can become pock-marked with soft spots. These areas can wreck havoc on the landing gear of a C-17, a big ...

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