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First Aircraft Landing of the Season

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.

Kenn Borek Basler in the fuel pit

First glimpse of the Basler approaching the fuel pit

First glimpse of the Basler approaching the fuel pit

Refueling

Refueling

Most people came out, at least on the deck, to catch a glimpse

Most people came out, at least on the deck,  to catch a glimpse

and some, like Heidi, came even closer to get some pictures

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.

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

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]

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