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images, left to right:  Research ship near Palmer Station, field camp near Dufek Massif, 10-meter telescope under construction at the South Pole

U.S. Antarctic Program aircraft and supply ship operations, 2009-2010
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AIRCRAFT AND SUPPLY SHIP MISSIONS
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Transport Missions
LC-130, Twin Otter, and Basler missions (round trips) within Antarctica  
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Amundsen-Scott South Pole 260
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West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide 52
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AGAP South 12
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Automated Geophysical Observatory (AGO) 1 3
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Long Duration Balloon 3
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Beardmore 2
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Byrd Camp 44
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Siple Dome 5
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Shakleton Glacier 5
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Patriot Hills 4
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FAA missions 10
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Total LC-130 (USAF/109th), Twin Otter, and Basler missions within Antrctica 400
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AS-350-B2 and Bell 212 helicopter operations within Antarctica
(These amounts do not include flight-hours provided to Antarctica New Zealand as part of the logistics exchanged quid pro quo between the two national programs in Antarctica.)
1,843 flight hours in support of 78 groups or activiteis (PHI)
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Christchurh/McMurdo round trips  
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C-17 (USAF/AMC, September) 4
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C-17 (USAF/AMC, October/February) 61
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LC-130 (USAF/109th, October-February) 9
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C-130 (RNZAF, November-December) 9
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B-757 (RNZAF, December) 2
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A-319 Australian AIRBUS 8
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L-100 (wheeled) SAFAIR 5
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Cargo ship American Tern (Military Sealift Command, February) 1
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Tanker (military Sealift Command ship, January) 1
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Table Notes

KB — Kenn Borek Air Ltd. (http://www.borekair.com/)

MSC —Military Sealift Command (http://www.msc.navy.mil/)
PHI— Petroleum Helicopters Inc. (http://131.103.214.67/; Petroleum Helicopters Inc.)
RNZAF — Royal N.Z. Air Force (http://www.airforce.mil.nz/)
USAF/109th — New York Air National Guard, 109th Airlift Wing (http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/ang/109.html)
USAF/AMC — U.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command (http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=159)

 

Research ships Laurence M. Gould (LMG), left, and Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP) docked at Palmer Station, Anvers Island, Antarctica. The smaller LMG ferries personnel and cargo routinely between Punta Arenas, Chile, and Palmer Station and collects some data while crossing the Drake Passage. The larger NBP is the primary research ship for the U.S. Antarctic Program. (NSF/USAP photo by Zee Evans, Raytheon Polar Services Company.)

U.S. research ships docked at Palmer Station, Antarctic Peninsula

LOAD COMPARISONS, CHRISTCHURCH/MCMURDO
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Equipment Maximum load Passengers (RT)
Cargo Ship 15,000,000 pounds  
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Tanker 9,000,000 pounds  
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C-17 120,000 pounds 102
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C-130 20,000 pounds 50
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LC-130 (ski or wheel) 10,500 pounds 36
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AIRCRAFT DESCRIPTIONS, 2008-2009 SEASON
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Full Name of Aircraft

Short Name

F/R
[a]

W/S
[b]

No. of Aircraft

Flight Level or Altitude (ft/m)

PaxCapacity

Max RangeMiles/km
[c]

Type of Fuel Used

LC-130 Hercules

Herc or LC

F

S

8

Up to 29,000/8841

60

2,500/4025

JP-8

AS350B2

A-Star or  Squirrel

R

  skids

2

14,000/4,268

5

325/523

JP-5/8

Bell 212

Huey

R

  skids

2

12,000/3,658

9

200[350]/
322[564]

JP-5/8

DHC-6

Twin Otter

F

S

3

18,000/5,488

18

700/1127

JP-8

Basler
DC-3T

Basler

F

S

1

14,500/4,300

18

1100/1771
2478/3989

JP-8

Airbus A-319

A-319

F

W

1

45,000/13,720

86

6000/9677

JP-8

C-17

Globemaster III

F

W

1

45,000/13,720

102

5000/8050

JP-8

  • [a]   Fixed (F) or rotary (R)
  • [b]   Wheeled (W) or ski (S) Equipped
  • [c]   For helicopters, also indicate maximum range over water (in brackets)
LC-130s on the skiway at Williams Field near McMurdo Station, Ross Island Antarctica

LC-130 airplanes parked on the Annual Sea Ice Runway near McMurdo Station, Ross Island. The Hercules airplanes, flown by the New York Air National Guard, are the primary transportation for cargo and personnel to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The Royal Society Range can be seen in the background. (NSF/USAP photo by Jordan Dickens, Raytheon Polar Services Company.)

 

 

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