The New York Air National Guard unit is ready to resume its annual missions to Antarctica.
Members of the 109th Airlift Wing will take off this morning in a Lockheed LC-130 turboprop airplane based at Stratton Air National Guard Base in the Schenectady County town of Scotia.
The aircraft is equipped with skis and is capable of landing on snow and ice.
This is the 23rd year that the 109th Airlift Wing will have supported missions in Antarctica.
Seven ski-equipped LC-130s and hundreds of airmen from the 109th will be taking part in the military’s annual Operation Deep Freeze missions, which start each year in October and last into February. The aircraft transport supplies to the National Science Foundation’s field camps, including the South Pole.
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