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The R4D-5 Skytrain Que Sera Sera is parked at the South Pole behind the American flag after landing at the South Pole in 1956, the first plane ever to do so. Sixty Years Of South Pole Flights
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Thursday October 27, 2016

On October 31, 1956, a plane descended out of the clear, blue sky at the bottom of the planet. The twin-engine R4D-5 Skytrain, named Que Sera Sera, touched down on the frigid Antarctic plateau just yards away from the unmarked geographic South Pole. Though other planes had flown over the pole, this was the first ever to land there.
Palmer Station was completed in 1965 on Anvers Island off the Antarctic Peninsula. Three years later, a permanent facility was established less than two miles away. Filling the Gap
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Monday June 22, 2015

The smallest of three U.S. scientific outposts in Antarctica, Palmer Station is the only one of the trio found north of the Antarctic Circle. Its establishment 50 years ago this year has proven vital for climate change research in Antarctica.

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