Accession Number:

AD0699155

Title:

SKIWAY FOR C-130 AIRCRAFT AT PALMER STATION, ANTARCTICA

Descriptive Note:

Interim technical note Jan-Oct 1969xb

Corporate Author:

NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Palmer Station, Antarctica, which is located on Anvers Island west of the Antarctic Peninsula, has been supported entirely by ice breakers and cargo ships during the austral summer a capability for air support would extend this season, improve the movement of essential cargo and personnel, and provide for emergency support. This technical note presents the feasibility of establishing a skiway for ski-equipped C-130 aircraft on the Marr Ice Piedmont about three miles from the station. It also describes the reconnaissance techniques used in February 1969 to locate the skiway site and safe access route through the marginal crevasse zone between this site and Palmer Station for one-ton capacity tracked carriers.

Subject Categories:

  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE