MATS C-124 and Navy R5D aircraft operating in Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze
Antarctica Date:1956 Duration:2 min 45 sec Sound:NO SOUND
During U.S. Navy's Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. A tracked vehicle moves on snow in front of Observation Hill. (This area would become Mcmurdo Station.) A Military Air Transport Service (MATS) C-124C Aircraft taxis down sea-ice runway and turns around to takeoff . It makes makes a long takeoff roll and breaks ground with slow rate of climb, churning up a fog of snow in the process. . Small weasel with small trailer with fire extinguisher on it. Navy R5D Aircraft in the background taxiing for take off. R5D taxis. Yellow fuel truck is seen. R5D makes a jet assisted takeoff. Flame is seen from the JATO bottles under the aircraft during takeoff roll and much trailing smoke, as the aircraft breaks ground with a high rate of climb.
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