Another cool flying day yesterday on the fixed wing side of the house. Plenty of room on board one of our medium lift, DC-3T Basler aircraft so I opted to tag along to mooch a little flight time and help the crew offload about 6,000 pounds of fuel in support of a survey going on up on the polar plateau.
|A view of one of our Twin Otters at the fuel pits (Mt Erebus and Ob Hill in the background)|
|One of the survey projects on the Basler (note the radar array under-wing and tail boom as well)|
|Two ski equipped Baslers ready for business|
|Basler looking out across the ramp at a ANG LC-130 taxiing our of the ramp for takeoff|
|A Twin Otter inbound for a fuel stop|
|A closer look at the survey equipped Basler|
katabatic winds and a nice mountain wave.
|A glance at the upper Watson Glacier and Prebble Ice Falls|
|Prebble Ice Falls|
|High atop the polar plateau--not a runway in sight|
We returned back to Mcmurdo for another load and flew most of the return leg. Back over the mountains and in we went for a successful round trip. Flying here is great--better than any office day by far!
Well back to my Saturday at work now. Weather has rolled in today and put a damper on flight ops for a bit. We can't complain though as its been fantastic weather for 2 straight weeks here. A little delay for now, hopefully the whole day isn't a wash. Take care all! Stay tuned for more.