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127th Wing Photos

The coldest place on Earth

Operation Deep Freeze is the United States Military’s support of the U.S. Antarctic Program led by the National Science Foundation. McMurdo Station is a U.S. Antarctic research center in Antarctica which serves as central hub for operations. The station is the largest community in Antarctica, capable of hosting more than 1,000 residents. The New York Air National Guard’s special ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules aircraft are the primary means of transportation to and from the station from the rest of the world. Military crews operating the LC-130s are able to perform air drops to remote locations, re-supply research stations, transport passengers and anything else the NSF scientists require to adequately complete their job. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Toni Donahee)

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