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Air Guard's Antarctica mission extended

Wing pitching in to shuttle researchers

An LC-130 Skibird from the New York Air National Guard is jacked up on the frozen ice shelf of Pegasus Field on Jan. 16 after the crew discovered a landing gear issue.
An LC-130 Skibird from the New York Air National Guard is jacked up on the frozen ice shelf of Pegasus Field on Jan. 16 after the crew discovered a landing gear issue.
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After five months away, members of the Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing won’t be coming home this month as scheduled. Their deployment has been extended a few more weeks so they can fly 1,100 U.S. researchers and support staff out of Antarctica as the southern hemisphere’s summer season comes to a close, the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia reported Friday. Usually, the National Science Foundation’s United States Antarctic Program uses C-17 Globemaster ...

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