- This topic is empty.
September 23, 2002 at 4:42 pm #152willKeymaster
Well this is the last week of winter for the 400 of us here at McMurdo, Next
week the winter-overs will leave for the warm climate of New Zealand.. In 7
days the summer crew of 800 or so new people will arrive.. With them comes
fresh food, mail, and new germs…
So with 800 of my closest friends showing up soon things will get busy, well
that's if the airfield gets done..
You see we have 3 airfields here in the McMurdo region. Pegasus, Williams
Field, this is the snow skiway where only the skied LC-130 Cargo planes
land, and the Ice Runway, This is what we use first in the season, then to
Willy for operations to the South Pole starting about December 1st.
The Sea Ice Runway, is exactly that, its groomed sea ice that's about 6 to 8
feet thick, and several thousand or so feet of water under it. Its thick
enough to land the air forces largest cargo plane. one of the problems is
that due to an iceberg that blocks the flow of ice out to sea in the summer
the old ice from last year never had the chance to flow out to see and open
the channel. This “build-up” of ice has created a nightmare for the crews
working to get it ready, the ice from what i have been told is “flaking off”
its not easily scraped and when they do it comes off in large chunks… it
should come off easy, like when you scrap fine frost off your car windows in
So hopefully in the next 7 days they will get it finished.. Here is one of
the pics i took from town of one of the large snow blowers out on the
runway, when its windy the snow trail they make looks like it goes for
miles.. Cool huh..?
We had out last full moon, or the last full moon we will be able to see till
i get home in March. Here is a pic of that..
Today we had some interesting sunsets.. they sky was very clear and the
piercing sun has shown its mark in all the windows of my dorm and the
firehouse.. it seems that the sun is so bright here, after months of sun i
think i will be afraid of the dark again ha-ha…
United States Antarctic Program
McMurdo Station Antarctica
Lehigh County Emergency Management
E-Mail : email@example.com
Amateur Radio: N3SIG / ZL5CP
The information contained in this message is privileged and private and may
contain information that is exempt from disclosure under applicable law. It
is intended for the sole use of the individual or entity named or their
designee. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you
are on notice that any review, use, disclosure or distribution of this
message in any form, is prohibited. If you received this message in error,
please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all
copies of the original message.
- The forum ‘MSN Archives’ is closed to new topics and replies.