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    Hello,

    I was wondering what other aircrafts besides C-17, C-5, C-130, IL-76 (have operated) operate to Antarctica and land there. Especially interest is on aircrafts which need an ice runway in order to make it save to the ground and if there was ever an AN-124 down there on this continent.

    Thanks is advance

  • #2
    There's an A319 from Australia (I think) that goes down there now.

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    • #3
      VXE-6 operated:
      UH-1 Hueys
      C-130 Hercs

      Also from the US Military:
      C-141 Starlifters
      Twin Otters
      C-5 Galaxy
      C-17 Globemaster

      I believe there was a Connie that crashed down there also.

      -Chris

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      • #4
        C-47 were used quiet a lot and for a long time... the Basler too.
        During the 1960s the C-124 Globemasters were used.
        Dash-7 and Twin Otters
        http://pdf.comnap.aq/comnap/comnap.n...S-57S5XV/?Open

        Antonov-2 then 3 were used too.
        Those two pics were found at : http://www.70south.com/information/e...s/2002-russian
        Photos by Scott Smith





        Cheers
        Alex (trying to find those damn pics of Il-18 in Antarctica...)
        Last edited by Alex - Spot-This !; 2008-02-13, 11:29.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Omar Alex Saffe
          Cheers
          Alex (trying to find those damn pics of Il-18 in Antarctica...)
          http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=0501106

          -Chris

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          • #6
            Originally posted by z740
            Thanks Chris... I knew I had seen pics somewhere...
            now let's try to find some Il-14 there...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Omar Alex Saffe
              Thanks Chris... I knew I had seen pics somewhere...
              now let's try to find some Il-14 there...
              http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=708667
              http://www.airliners.net/photo/Polar...ext_id=1227542

              Anything else?

              -Chris

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              • #8
                http://www.airliners.net/photo/Polar...-14/0529487/L/ here they are.... mmmh I'm sure we can find better ones... Wasn't there a place with a dozen of IL-14 left in the snow...???

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Omar Alex Saffe
                  http://www.airliners.net/photo/Polar...-14/0529487/L/ here they are.... mmmh I'm sure we can find better ones... Wasn't there a place with a dozen of IL-14 left in the snow...???
                  Not that I've seen. I'm sure there are though.

                  -Chris

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                  • #10
                    NZ took a P3K down there last season to proove that it was possible with the intention of basing one down there for patrolling for illegal fishing. The Aussies fly CASAs down there too.

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                    • #11
                      The Casa 212s also operate a round robin linking Hobart with Concordia and Dumont d'Urville, the latter also gets regular visits of Twotters.

                      Dumont d'Urville's runway has been operational since the early 2000s but plan to bring it to C130/C160 specs have been shelved
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                      • #12
                        Australian A319 to Antarctica

                        Here's the Australian A319 - with pictures.

                        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23256507/

                        Jet service between Australia and Antarctica has become a reality thanks to a runway carved out of ice and paved with snow. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is conducting weekly flights between Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania, and the frigid continent using an Airbus A319 jetliner.

                        The airfield surface, named the Wilkins Runway in honor of Australian polar explorer, pilot, and geographer Sir George Hubert Wilkins, is approximately 40 miles from the Casey Antarctic research station. The 2.5-mile-by-330-foot runway was constructed on the inland plateau of the Upper Peterson Glacier, which moves about 40 feet each year and is 2,300 feet thick.
                        Terry
                        Lurking at JP since the BA 777 at Heathrow and AD lost responsiveness to the throttles.
                        How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? Sherlock Holmes

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