Air Force makes air drop over South Pole for training exercise
Posted December 18, 2009
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from McChord Air Force Base in Washington State drops cargo over the South Pole Station on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 (local time). The cargo plane dropped 16 bundles (inset), mainly of dry food. The flight originated from Christchurch, New Zealand, and returned there directly after making the cargo drop. The plane was about 1,000 feet off the ground during the operation. The South Pole, home to more than 250 people during the austral summer, is about 9,300 feet in elevation. Most cargo and fuel are transported by smaller LC-130 planes flown by the New York Air National Guard — which take the time to land — and cargo tractor trains. This was the fourth air drop in as many years.