Monday, December 18, 2017

Antarctica 2017-18: Leaving for Siple Dome on board the legendary Douglas DC-3!

After a week being delayed because of bad weather near McMurdo, we finally flew to Siple Dome to get some work done!
What a pleasure to fly this classic Douglas DC-3 built in 1943! This flying icon was remotorised with new Pratt & Whitney Turboprops to match today's safety and performance needs. Apparently there is still about 15,000 DC-3 planes around the world as candidates for the Basler conversion. Glad to know this beauty still has some years in the sky!

More info on Basler conversion:

Refueling the DC-3 with Mount Erebus in the background.

Classic look.



Fly by when leaving Siple Dome.

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