Deaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1428 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4600 times:
I just got the idea in my head and i was wondering, what landing strips are there in the South pole? And which aircraft could make it there? Lets say from Asia or Europe and not counting from Australia and South America.
Say an expedition wants to fly there.. can they?
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HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4569 times:
Quoting Deaphen (Thread starter): And which aircraft could make it there? Lets say from Asia or Europe and not counting from Australia and South America.
Prop-a/c only, meaning either many enroute stops (but that was outside your question) or inflight refuelling (which limits operators to "military").
All I can recall is that C-130´s (or L-100´s) are in use flying nonstop from South America (Punta Areanas and/or Ushuaia) into Antarctica.
IIRC, landing strip(s) are just compacted snow.
Flights are not possible during winter, as flying (at least landing & take-off) need to be in daylight (aparently no nav´aids to speak of).
Also, the very low temps in winter are a challenge to fuel and lubricants, as they tend to freeze over.
Sidenote: A female doctor from the hospital my sister works in, spent a season (summer to summer) at Germany´s Antarctic station about 2 years ago. Almost the first thing she had to do after a while, was pulling a bad tooth on herself which earned her a lot of respect from fellow (male) inhabitants. There was no way to get her out or to fly in any help, nor to visit one of the other stations.
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SLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4137 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4525 times:
Good Geography Discussion! Perhaps this is more Technical Ops, but say you wanted to fly a Boeing 777-ER or LR from Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aries, Argentina to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or even Brisbane, Australia, even throwing in Singapore or Malaysia for fun. At the conclusion of the Cold War and Russia opening up air space for commercial flights more routinely we see how the Arctic polar route effects flights between North America and Asia over the Pacific, could the same be said for the Antarctic? Even though the southern hemisphere has far more ocean than the northern?
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USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4510 times:
Quoting HT (Reply 1): Prop-a/c only, meaning either many enroute stops (but that was outside your question) or inflight refuelling (which limits operators to "military").
Its not limited to prop aircraft...the USAF used C-141's for many years on flights from New Zealand (CHC I believe) to Antarctica, and now that the -141's are gone, the C-17 continues the tradition (of course the USAF also flies Hercs down there as well!)http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/print.main?id=2753571
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