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Air Travel to the Ice (Image 5)

June 11, 2010
Air Travel to the Ice (Image 5) A typical air terminal on the ice. This one is the South Pole International Pax Terminal at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Amundsen-Scott is one of three U.S. research stations on Antarctica. The National Science Foundation operates them all. There are two types of planes used for support in the Antarctic: the C-17 and the smaller LC-130. The C-17s have wheels, and can only land on hard, pack-ice runways. For landings at remote research field camps and locations with snow cover, ski equipped LC-130 planes are used. [One of five related images. See Next Image.]

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