Even further south

One day in McMurdo then onto another flight, still further south, this time to the pole.

C-130 in McMurdo destined for South Pole

This time on a Hercules C-130. These are much-loved smaller, slower, louder, older versions of the C-17 (kind of) – but they can land at the South Pole with it’s smaller runway. This was a 3-hour flight which “double boomeranged” meaning we turned around twice in air. When the load master (the closest thing to a flight-attendant you’ll find on a military cargo flight (where you are the cargo)) came on the speaker (which had to be extremely loud to be heard over the engines) to say that we were turning around due to a small mechanical problem, I didn’t believe him. He was very friendly when we boarded, joking that we were going back to Christchurch – a 9 hour flight on a C-130. Then I felt the plan banking and thought, ok he’s serious, I guess I’ll get to see more of McMurdo. No more than 2 minutes later he came back on and said that “the plane had fixed itself” and we were still going to the pole.

C-130 over Antarctica

I got to go up into the cockpit again during this flight.  Amazing experience, it’s like you are floating stationary above the earth as it slowly rolls under you.

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One Response to “Even further south”

  1. t' Says:

    >… it’s like you are floating stationary above the earth as it slowly rolls under you.

    i got vertigo just reading this!

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