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Air National Guard pilot to talk missions, more

Air National Guard pilot to talk missions, more

Feb. 9 event free, open to public
Air National Guard pilot to talk missions, more
Aircrew with New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing prepare to embark on trip to McMurdo Station in October 2015.
Photographer: PATRICK DODSON

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The public will have a chance to hear what it's like to work at the bottom of the world from a man whose job it was to pilot airplanes in support of McMurdo Station in the Antarctic.

Lt. Col (Ret.) Kurt Bedore will talk about his experiences as a pilot with the Scotia-based 109th Airlift Wing at The Summit at Saratoga, 1 Perry Road, beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9, according to a prepared statement.

Bedore, who retired in 2015 from the US Air Force and New York Air National Guard after 28 years of military service both as a navigator and instructor electronic warfare officer (EWO), will talk about McMurdo Station, the U.S.’s Antarctic research center located on the south tip of Ross Island.

During his tenure, Bedore flew missions in support of National Science Foundation research efforts.  Typical missions included tactical and strategic airlift in LC-130H ski-equipped aircraft of fuel, cargo, supplies, personnel and emergency medical evacuations. He was involved with the rescue mission of Dr. Jerri Nielson from the South Pole in 1999, as well as airlift missions during Hurricanes Katrina and several other natural disaster relief missions.


The presentation is free and open to the public. Seats can be reserved by calling 518-430-2136, or emailing [email protected].

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