McMurdo Season 6 - Day 63
About 14 or so miles south of McMurdo is the location of Pegasus. This allows for a nice vantage point to view Mt. Erebus. McMurdo is next to one of those little black bumps at the bottom of the photo.
And here is the Lt's office at Pegasus. One of two Renegade's, which are Ford F-550's with a track package added to them, and essentially a really big fire extinguisher mounted to the back. For those of you firefighters out there, you won't find a pump anywhere on this thing (ok a power steering pump). The fire package is two pressure vessels; one foam and one dry chemical; and then 4 high pressure air cylinders. If you need to us agent you pressurize the system and the air pressure expels the product from the tanks.
And then there is the crew. During C-17 flight operations, we bring 8 firefighters from town out to work the flight. This is in addition to the 8 firefighters that are at Willy Field, and the 4 firefighters in town. So, most of the people in this photo are actually working on their day off. Pegasus flights get pretty old pretty quick when you are working most of your days off.
A good view of the ramp at Pegasus. Here you can see the awaiting Ivan the Terra Bus as well as a Bassler DC-3 that is parked on the ramp. The Bassler is great little aircraft for Antarctica due to it's extended range and medium cargo/passenger carrying capacity.
And then there is the monster, the C-17. In the upcoming photos please use the people as a reference of scale to give you an ideas of how big this thing is.
Here are two more firefighting vehicles. These are firefighting sleds, and there are three of them stationed at Pegasus. Two of them are pulled by Tuckers which is the orange tracked vehicle on the right, and one is pulled by a Caterpillar Challeger which is on the left. A little different than what most people think of when they think of a fire truck.
And here the flood gates have opened. Another 100 people in McMurdo to slow down my internet and eat my freshies. Sorry, I mean another 100 people to help science.
And again notice the size of the people to the the size of the wheels on the bus.
Now that all of the passengers are off of the C-17 cargo can go about offload and back loading the aircraft.
Heading onto the aircraft, these are the airline seat pallets that some people get to ride in. This is a small passenger configuration, many times there are 20 rows of these seats.
Everyone else get to ride in the jump seats along the sides of the aircraft. This view is looking back at the ramp.
Here you can see the interior body of the aircraft. Again, note the size of the firefighter standing inside.
Looking at from front to back with the ramp closed.
And the last part of the tour is of the cockpit. Firefighter regularly get to tour the planes while they are on the ground to familiarize themselves with the airframe and the controls in case they have to access the plane in an emergency.
So, enough about Pegasus. The other night on the walk home from work I saw that there were some interesting clouds floating around the Royal Society Range, so I decided to go outside the dorm and grab some photos.
And while I was standing there, I heard a LC-130 in the distance. And I got lucky and it was a southbound flight from Christchurch that was headed to Willy and decided to do a low pass, buzzing McMurdo. And I was standing there with the zoom lens on the camera for once. Finally a really nice shot.
That is all for now. More to come soon. And we are about 50% done with the season. Amazing how quick the first half goes.