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Title: Potential airfield sites in Antarctica for wheeled aircraft
Authors: National Science Foundation (U.S.). Division of Polar Programs.
Swithinbank, Charles
Keywords: Airfields
Blue ice
Cold regions
Ice runways
Land ice
Polar cap
Polar regions
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 91-24.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: This is a report on a search for possible or potential airfield sites in Antarctica, using aerial photographs and satellite images supplemented by other data. A few sites are on ice-free ground but the majority are on inland blue ice fields. Earlier studies of potential airfields on Antarctic glacier ice are referenced. The attraction of a well-chosen blue-ice runway is that construction and maintenance costs are almost nil. A number of sites have been found suitable for the operation of unmodified transport aircraft on wheels. An inland icefield site on Mill Glacier (85°09'S, 167°12'E) is in use for wheel landings by LC-130 aircraft; another at Patriot Hills (80°19'S, 81°16'W) is in use for wheel landings by DC-6 aircraft.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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