Mikko Wynne-Ellis

DC-3 laskuteline petti. (Etelänavalla, suomalaisia mukana)

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Kuuntelin eilen kertomusta ko matkasta, luennon jälkeen tiedustelin miten koneen oli käynyt, kuulemma oli toimitettu uusi siipi ja lennetty pois. En löydä pelastusoperaatiosta tietoa. Ilmeisen iso projekti oli ollut.

Kaiketi tuollaiset pikku vastoinkäymiset on senverran yleisiä tuolla ettei ne ylitä uutiskynnystä.


Ps: jos tulee tilaisuus päästä kuuntelemaan Patan matkakertomusta kannattaa erittäin elävästi esitetty.

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Ja tässä kuva vuodelta 2002



Edit: Ja tämän tekstin mukaan DC-3 Basler oli täydessä iskussa jo tammikuun 2. päivänä 2007.


Date:   January 2, 2007

Latitude:   79 degrees, 31 minutes, 47 seconds South

Longitude:   147 degrees, 55 minutes, 5 seconds East

Temperature:  −23°C (−9°F)

Wind Speed:   29 knots

Wind Chill:  −40°C (−40°F)

Elevation:  2,368 meters (7,441 feet)

Written by:  Dan D.

Kilometers Traveled 356

Meters of core drilled: 390



Today we made a lot of progress traveling. By the end of the day we had traveled 51 km, and that distance was accomplished despite an early stopping time. We had to stop early to wait for a Basler flight. “The Basler” is the upgraded DC3 aircraft in use by the United States Antarctic Program this year. The Basler Company has taken an old DC-3 airplane and revamped it; they have extended the wings and replaced the old engines with powerful modern units. They also added skis to the landing gear to make the plane capable of deep field landings. It is a beautiful looking aircraft, especially when it is swooping overhead to bring you supplies and goodies from McMurdo!


We had to time our overnight stopping point very carefully because the Basler is not able to land in areas with large sastrugi. Sastrugi fields tend to come and go rather frequently as you travel over the East Antarctic Plateau and each field can last for several tens of kilometers. When we started traveling this morning we were already deep within a sastrugi field, so we kept our fingers crossed and hoped that we would be clear of the field by the time the plane took off from McMurdo in the afternoon. Thankfully, we were out of the sastrugi field and onto a relatively flat surface by midday. We carried on driving until around 1pm with the agreement that if we entered another sastrugi-covered area we would turn around and head back to the flat ground. In the end, our luck held and we parked up in a nice flat spot and waited patiently for the Basler to come. The Basler had a dual mission; it was dropping off fuel drums for us further along our route and then landing right next to us to collect our empty fuel drums and retro them back to McMurdo. We also had 12 full ice core boxes to retro and a large tri-wall box of our accumulated kitchen trash.


Even after parking in a nice flat area, we were still worried that the plane might not be able to land. This was because the winds were very strong (29 knots) and there was a lot of blowing surface snow restricting the ground visibility. Luckily, there was a brief lull in the weather just as the Basler arrived and it landed safely. It took all of about 20 minutes to load the plane and then it was off again, winging its way back to McMurdo with our precious ice cores.



Edit2: Vuoden 2002 vahingosta (19th November 2002) juttua täällä http://www.newzeal.com/theme/antarctic/2000news.htm

ja valokuvia siitä kun vanha DC-3 vei astronautteja Etelänavalle v. 2000







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