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An LC-130 at South Pole
South Pole Station - Antarctica

An LC-130 at South Pole. When these planes are unloading and loading, they never turn off their engines. They might not be able to start them again if they do. (I presume they do shut off their engines if they are significantly delayed, of course. I'm sure there are procedures for warming the aircraft back up. They just aren't usually worth the effort).

Almost everything - material, personnel, fuel - is brought to the Pole by LC-130s, though occasionally a few Baslers (a modified DC-3), Twin Otters, and - rarely - overland transport bring in people and supplies. But the LC-130 is the workhorse.

Nov 2007

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This picture published courtesy of Alan Light - This picture is in the public domain.
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