National Guard mission heading to Antarctica
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SCOTIA, N.Y. -- The New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing will soon head to Antarctica as part of the group's annual support for the National Science Foundation.
Ski-equipped LC130s are heading to the southern hemisphere to embark on a five day, 11,000 mile trip to Antarctica. The aircrafts are supporting the science foundation's research there by running supplies and people to field camps throughout the continent.
The ski-equipped planes are the only planes in the world capable of landing on snow and ice.
This is the 24th year the 109th Airlift Wing has supported operations in Antarctica.