Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rothera, Antarctica

With all the field work completed, the air unit was able to pack up and fly home. One by one the Twin Otters left Rothera to begin their long journey north. On 1st March the Dash 7 was the last to leave. As we waved it good bye we began rolling away the runway, ready for the winter. As it turns out it was needed much sooner than we thought. There was one more Basler still trying to get home. It was stuck at Halley with its back wheel ripped out of the undercarriage, a result of one too many rough landings. After a lot of will-they-won't-they, the plane was finally fixed and ready to fly north, via us. This is the Basler, our actual real last plane of the summer leaving Rothera. Runway status? No known traffic!

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