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ANTARCTICA

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Russian Base
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In 2001 and 2002 I was instrumental in initiating and organizing the first ever air transportation of scientists down to the Antarctica from Cape Town, South Africa. Before the scientist had to endure a month long sea passage down to the continent. 

In partnership with the Russian base, Novolazarevskaya, a blue ice runway was built for one of their Ilyushin 11-76 to land on. Every expedition undertaken came with its risks and rewards. The flight time was 5 hours. Two and half hours into the flight, a life decision had to be made to carry on or turn back to Cape Town as we would not have enough fuel to return should we not be able to land. The weather in the Antarctica can turn in 1 hour to a complete white out which makes it impossible to land. Fuel for the aircraft was shipped down the previous summer. We had to land to refuel.

I was fortunate enough to visit Maitri Base, Tor Base, Troll Base and Sanae Base on my travels down to the Antarctica.

 

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