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CAPT Kevin B.
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They're in a tough spot if rescue is required. Way too far for helos unless on some ship off ice. If the sky is clear, you can actually work in T-shirts with the thermal radiation warming you up. Sunscreen would be essential as I recall we'd start burning in about 10-15 minutes. Although at sea level, the equivalent altitude is around 3500 feet as the atmosphere thins towards the poles. The ozone hole has diminished rapidly once the freon bans took hold. Closest I got to that site would have been Siple Station back in the day.
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
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CAPT Kevin B. Sounds Like a Nightmare Scenario Skipper.
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CAPT Kevin B.
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Not a nightmare. Just have to have all your contingencies in place. People think oh you can just take a ski equipped plane out there and pick people up. They haven't seen the surface of glaciers. You need adequate cover without surprises. First landing may be your last. December is the peak of summer so it's as good as it'll get. My trip to Siple was on a ski equipped Twin Otter that had drums of JP-4 in the cabin to make the long hops from Ushuaia to Palmer and then on. Since I was expandable for the flight portion, I got to crank the fuel from those drums. Hercs from McMurdo had stuff in to set up camp and the Otter was used for a few months supporting the ULF research. Seems some Soviet and Livermore scientists thought you might be able to control the weather with this stuff. NOT, as they apparently found out. What was funny is the ULF also went along magnetic flux lines. Longwire that was located in CONUS was on that line. We could communicate with half a watt but the maximum baud rate was so low, it just wasn't viable. Since then we use very high power UHF to just blow straight through the earth with enough data rate to keep the subs happy. Times change.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Thank you for the science share brother Chip
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MSG Stan Hutchison
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Now if they would use some of that technology to address the climate change and the results of their exploration.
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