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RAAF C17 globmaster in Antarctica

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posted on Nov, 22 2015 @ 07:36 PM
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Just letting you all know Australia has sent a C17 globmaster to Antarctica to deliver heavy equipment
This is the first time a large aircraft has landed
In Antarctica
Fly in fly out on one tank of fuel
I wonder if this is more of a military move

Reports say that Russia and also China are now sending there biggest aircraft to Antarctica
Looks like the race is on
Will Antarctica be the next battlefield




posted on Nov, 22 2015 @ 07:45 PM
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a reply to: piney

The first time for Australia maybe. They're limited in how long they can resupply the bases, and they require a lot of supplies. Large aircraft like the C-17 and C-5 land there every season, carrying in helicopters, snow tractors, and enough supplies to get through the winter. Once winter starts aircraft can't fly in because it's so cold the fluids freeze and they get stuck.







The larger aircraft fly the supplies in, then specially equipped C-130s fly them out to the more remote stations and help distribute them to areas the larger aircraft can't go.
edit on 11/22/2015 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 22 2015 @ 08:14 PM
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a reply to: piney

Battlefield for what?

What do you think they're sending down there?



posted on Nov, 22 2015 @ 08:18 PM
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a reply to: Chadwickus

They were bringing penguins out years ago. We'd get LC-130s going home with them crated up. You'd look in the hole and they'd all be looking back at you.



posted on Nov, 22 2015 @ 08:27 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Training an army of evil, world dominating penguins then..that's their game



posted on Nov, 22 2015 @ 11:29 PM
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a reply to: piney
I was just telling my gf this a few nights ago. We should research any ways to get ahead of the Antarctica curve. Maybe it could be in our retirement.. She said it was not habitable. We looked at maps and short research seems to reveal some places are habitable and possible getting more so! Who knows one day I bet!




posted on Nov, 22 2015 @ 11:44 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58




That was me for about 7 years back in the 80s and early 90s...hehe



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 01:25 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

It always amazed me as a child that such a huge plane can manage to lift off and fly with all that weight.

Even now as an adult it still fascinates me.



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 01:32 AM
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originally posted by: piney
Just letting you all know Australia has sent a C17 globmaster to Antarctica to deliver heavy equipment



Another globmaster

Not the first time Australia has been full of spittle...As Zaphod said, large aircraft fly down there every season and I have seen a number of them at Harewood.

Settle down, crack a tinny and relax, cobber. you're getting carried away...



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 02:15 AM
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Meh we cant even defend our fishing grounds down there..



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 02:34 AM
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a reply to: threeeyesopen

You should see what they've done with the M model upgrade. They call it the Super Galaxy. They launched one at as close to MTOW as they could, then put every drop off fuel they could after they were airborne, and ended up over a million pounds total weight.



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 04:01 AM
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originally posted by: Chadwickus
a reply to: Zaphod58

Training an army of evil, world dominating penguins then..that's their game

No pic of 'The Penguin' yet though.
Sigh.



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 09:04 AM
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a reply to: butcherguy

Penguins masquerading as dogs in dresses. It's worse than we feared...



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 09:16 AM
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a reply to: Michet
Very good!




posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 09:48 AM
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a reply to: Michet

Oh god the irony



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 10:49 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Just about the only medal I actually ever wanted! Might even have liked to have tried for the wintered over device, but alas not to many para drops needed down there! C-5 wasn't a bad drop though, unless you don't like the dutch roll at low speeds... Loadies had a heck of a clean up after that one!



posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 10:59 AM
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a reply to: cavjafo

Back when the Navy had the LC-130s they had one that got caught in an early storm and frozen. It was something like 14 years before they could fly it out. Thing was falling apart when it came through heading to the Depot.



posted on Nov, 25 2015 @ 08:50 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58
IIRC they actually figured recovering the aircraft and refurbishing it was far cheaper than buying a new one. I'm pretty sure though that during the recovery they lost another C-130 down there in an accident. I dont recall if it was fatal or not.

LEE.



posted on Nov, 25 2015 @ 09:03 PM
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a reply to: piney
Where did you get the idea that this was the first time a large aircraft was heading down there? C''mon which News Ltd copy paste rag did you read it in?......

I'm not sure what exactly qualifies as a "large" aircraft but the US has been sending Galaxy's, Starlifter's and just about every other strategic lifter they have operated down there for more than half a century. Australia has also sent C-130's as well which are a fairly large aircraft, and the last few years a specially modified Airbus A-319 does an unrefueled round trip during the summer months for the Australian Antarctic Division.

LEE.



posted on Nov, 25 2015 @ 10:27 PM
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After Grand Forks I almost took a Raytheon gig down there.......really wish I would have. Don't let those cool unusual jobs pass you by if you can do them.
edit on 25-11-2015 by usafage because: typo




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