A few minutes ago a Basler made the first landing of the 2008/2009 season, bringing our winter officially to a close. The flight had been delayed by bad weather at Rothera Station. When the weather cleared up enough around 1am they decided to go for it. It is a beautiful day down here and the temperature was just above the cutoff of -54°C. They touched down shortly after 8am and took off for McMurdo after a very brief fuel stop. We expect to see them again with 16 passengers tomorrow.
First glimpse of the Basler approaching the fuel pit
Most people came out, at least on the deck, to catch a glimpse
and some, like Heidi, came even closer to get some pictures
I noticed a little Polie huddle near the aircraft ogling the strangers. There is safety in numbers.
We also got in some freshies, which were rushed off to the Station
[tags]Antarctica, South Pole, aircraft, Basler, Kenn Borek, Station opening, freshies[/tags]