Three LC-130 Hercules “Skibird” aircraft sits on the flight line during Operation Deep Freeze at McMurdo Research Station (Williams Field), Antarctica, in 2021. The LC-130 is equipped with retractable skis and JATO rockets that allow the aircraft to take off and land on snow and ice as well as on conventional runways. The U.S. Air Force has provided intercontinental airlift support to the National Science Foundation research stations in Antarctica since the 1950’s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dominic Tyler)
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