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Russian staff members responsible for the building of the ice runway at Barneo dropped out of the Ilyushin-76 from Murmansk at a suitable runway location near the North Pole.
courtesy Barneo Ice Station, SOURCE
Runway workers on the ground.
courtesy Barneo Ice Station, SOURCE
Two tractors and fuel were also dropped from the IL-76.
courtesy Barneo Ice Station, SOURCE
The tractor puffing while working the snow away.
courtesy Barneo Ice Station, SOURCE
Barneo tent camp yesterday.
courtesy Barneo Ice Station, SOURCE
Unloading the Antanov from Longyearbyen.
courtesy Barneo Ice Station, SOURCE
Italians Michele Pontrandolfo and Marco Martinuzz preparing for Greenland.
courtesy Michele Pontrandolfo and Marco Martinuzz, SOURCE
Art Mortvedt upgrading the Cessna with modern technology.
courtesy Art Mortvedt, SOURCE

Arctic wrap-up: The Polar Pumpkin flying again; Greenland season starts; Barneo in business

Posted: Apr 05, 2012 04:12 pm EDT

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(Correne Coetzer) The orange Cessna, Polar Pumpkin, with owner and pilot Art Mortvedt, is heading towards the Geographic North Pole again. Barneo’s ice runway is open and two flights were in already; a technical flight and a client flight. During the previous two Arctic ski seasons Italian Michele Pontrandolfo attempted to ski from Canada to the North Pole, saying to himself, perhaps only the devil goes there. This season he is back on stable ice for a Greenland crossing from the south to Qaanaaq in the north-west with...

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