LC-130 Hercules sitting on the ice runwayThe workhorse of the Antarctic long-distance support is the Lockheed-Martin LC-130 Hercules. The "L" signifies ski-equipped. This aircraft is able to land on unprepared snow fields and is responsible for all the logistic support of South Pole Station. In the late summer season, all flights to and from McMurdo Station are via the LC-130.
The A-Star HelicopterHelicopter at Marble Point. The aircraft is an "A-Star" which can hold at most five passengers and carry 2,000lbs of cargo. This helicopter is part of the fleet that supports scientific and logistical work around McMurdo Station. The aircraft is sitting at Marble Point, waiting to be refueled. In the background is the edge of the Wilson Piedmont Glacier.
A Bell 212 carrying a sling load Here, a Bell 212 carries an external "sling load" of cargo to a field camp. This aircraft is very similar to the military UH-1N "Huey". In the Antarctic, it can carry as many as eight passengers or 4000lbs of cargo.
Discussing weather and flight optionsFlight operations are always subject to weather conditions. Here, Dr. Sam Bowser (right) discusses the weather conditions at Explorers Cove and possible flight alternatives. On this day, the winds were too high so the pilot opted not to land. Instead, we diverted to Marble Point. Then we made a fly-by and took aerial photographs of the camp's condition.
Trucks lined up at McMurdo The standard vehicle for travel on the gravel roads are 4-wheel drive trucks just like those in the U.S. They do have one modification: each has an electric heater that keeps the engine warm. When any vehicle is not in use, this heater is plugged into an electric socket.
Ivan the Terra Bus"Ivan the Terra Bus" - is a the largest wheeled passenger carrier at McMurdo. This is the vehicle that most often carries passengers to and from the ice runway or to Willy Field.
The Hagglund tracked vehicleThis vehicle is a Hagglunds, built in Sweden. It is a personnel carrier. The engine is in the front unit, but both sets of tracks are powered. It has an added feature that is not apparent: it floats! This is especially valuable when traveling over sea ice that is not thoroughly explored. If you unexpectedly break through a thin spot, you have only to get out, keep warm and then figure out how to get the vehicle back on the ice.
A Tucker SnoCatA Tucker "SnoCat". This diesel powered vehicle is often used for crossing expanses of snow-covered terrain. They are enjoyable to drive, roomy and the heaters work wonders. They have been used to traverse to Explorers Cove in the early "Winfly" season (late August to late September).
A Spyrte returned from a trip.The Spryte is a standard vehicle for travel over snow or ice. It is noisy and uncomfortable, the heaters may not work, but they are usually low maintenance and reliable. The two bags on the top of this one contain survival equipment, which every vehicle carries, except for those running to and from the aircraft runways.
The TrackmasterThe trackmaster a speedy tracked vehicle, used for travel over snow and ice. It has a tendency to shed a track when turning quickly, which leaves the occupants having to radio for help.
A Spryte with a different cabin configuration.Another Spryte with a different cabin configuration.
Skidoos on the sea ice.Skidoos are used for travel over both snow and ice. On broken sea ice, they can give a very rough ride.
Impressions of shoesThe most commonly used form of transportation.