"C-130 Hercules Ski Bird" Antarctica Travelogue by frankcanfly

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These are standard C-130's with the addition of Skis. With the two main, and the nose ski, it adds about 3 tons to the weight of the aircraft.

In addition to distributing cargo and passengers throughout the continent, they also extract fuel from their tanks to resupply fuel for the station's generators.

They takeoff with just enough fuel to return to McMurdo Station.

If the conditions are especially rough, this aircraft can add on JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) bottles for that extra punch to break away from the suction of the skies freezing to the surface.

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