Re-fuelling the DC-4 at Patriot Hills blue-ice runway, 1987. courtesy ANI, SOURCE
The first Patriot Hills camp with the plane on the blue-ice and the tents on the foothills. courtesy ANI, SOURCE
ANI map of Hercules Inlet and Pattriot Hills area. Image by Aaron Linsdau courtesy ALE/ANI, SOURCE
Patriot Hills from the air with the blue-ice visible on the foot of the mountains. courtesy Chris Turney, SOURCE
Chris Turney: "We'll be working across the blue ice surface to collect precious surface samples. The idea is this will produce the first detailed climate reconstruction for the region over the last twenty thousand years." In the image, patterns of air trapped in the blue-ice at Patriot Hills. Image by Correne Coetzer ExplorersWeb, SOURCE
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(Newsdesk) Twenty-five years ago, on November 21st, 1987, ANI made history with the first-ever landing of a conventional wheeled aircraft in Antarctica when Captain Jim Smith landed a Douglas DC-4 on a blue-ice airfield at Patriot Hills. Until 2009 the South Pole skiers and Vinson climbers stepped out of the airplane onto the slippery blue-ice at Patriot Hills for an experience of a lifetime. After the new blue-ice runway became operational at Union Glacier in November 2010, PH remains ANI’s secondary runway in...