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Published: February 9th 2009
Marshaling an LC-130
Me, directing an LC-130 where to land - South Pole Station, Antarctica
After nearly 3 and a half months living and working here at the South Pole, my flight back to Christchurch leaves in 3 days.
Believe it or not - I'm going to miss being here quite a bit. It was far better an experience than I'd anticipated and I've had a blast. Everyone working down here is great - and hopefully I'll be able to keep in touch with the friends I've made here for a long time. Indeed, if I have the opportunity to find employment for my wife down here, I'd be happy to winter next year.
I don't even think I can begin to list the "first time" experiences I've had here. They're nearly daily. Yesterday I marshaled one of the LC-130 Hercules aircraft in on landing. It was utterly exhilarating, standing there directly in front of such a giant aircraft as it taxis towards you, waiting for you to signal it to stop. The -40°F temperatures added to the surreal image, as the exhaust from the aircraft and vapor from the station sailed by in front of the sun.
In any event, it will good to see the sun set again, once I get
Airdrop of supplies at South Pole Station, Antarctica
off the ice. It's bittersweet leaving this place, but I do intend to return if I can. If I can't, it's certainly been the best single, corporate experience of my life.
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