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Published on Dec 8, 2010
Major David Panzera, LC-130 ski-plane pilot with the 139 Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, provided this compelling footage of a routine ski takeoff from WAIS (West Antarctic Ice Sheet) Divide Science Outpost. As you can see from the footage, even fair weather days present challenges for ski-plane operations. Check out the approach and landing too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwqIay....
You can see the entire Dispatches from Antarctica series on DoD's Armed with Science blog: http://go.usa.gov/a0o.