U.S. paratroops of the 82nd Airborne Division participate in joint Army-Air Force "Operation Arctic Night."conducted from 2-13-1956 to 3-14-1956, in Greenland. With ambient temperatures of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, Paratroopers in Arctic parkas, with their parachutes underneath, are so burdened that they waddle like penguins as they board waiting C-124 aircraft, at Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. Sign erected in snow reads: 'North Pole, 802 Miles, Fort Bragg, N.C. Home of 82nd Airborne 3500 Miles'. Troops seated inside C-124 aircraft. A flight of three large Douglas C-124C Globemaster aircraft, in formation, carries the entire group of 700 paratroopers, who make a mass jump from the aircraft to land on the Greenland icecap. Parachutes billowing as troopers land on the ice. They assist one another as they land. The paratroopers dig snow shelters and build shelters with ice blocks on the icecap.
Board of 'Thule Air Base Greenland' over building at Thule Air Base. C-54 Skymaster being loaded with gas, blasting powder and other supplies for Nord Station in Greenland. C-54 Skymaster takes off from Thule Air Base. View of snow covered peaks and rivers on ground. C-54 Skymaster lands at Nord Station in Greenland. Goods unloaded from the aircraft and gas pumped into tanks.
Sign 'Thule Air Base, Greenland, Base Operations' can be seen. Views of Thule Air Base, the northern most USAF (United States Air Force) base in Greenland. Base surrounded by high hills. Some snow on the ground. Aircrews inside a building doing flight planning. Navigators and pilots using E6B flight computers, and referring to fuel consumption tables. Crew members computing weight and balance with slide rules.
Surrounding area of Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. View of the bay at end of runway and Saunder's Island. Row boat and 1870 type coastal defense guns in ice covered harbor area. A frozen bay and ice bound fishing boat in background. Single unit housing area, husky and spitz dogs tied near housing area. Icebergs around harbor area of Thule Air Base, Greenland.
The exercise wind chill at Thule Air Base in Greenland. The board on the building reads 'Thule Air Base Greenland Base Operations'. View of the base operations building. The United States Air Force SA-16 Albatross aircraft stationed on the air base.
Two B-36Ds, of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) 6th Bomb Wing, parked on snowy ramp at Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. A Convair B-36D landing at Thule Air Force Base. At end of ground roll snow is blown in front of the aircraft from reversed propellers. Airmen unload gear from aircraft at Thule. A B-36D taxiing on 4 inboard prop engines. Two B-36s landing in succession.