To Antarctica.

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To Antarctica.

Postby HAG0688 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:03 am

I had long planned to fly to Antarctica.
Many times I made plans for a flight.
I looked in my "Pilot Book" and realized - it was time to fly ...

Developed the final flight plan:
San Francisco - Hawaii (Honolulu) - American Samoa Islands (Pago-Pago) - New Zealand (Christchurch)
and the final point of the route is the McMurdo Station.

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The total length of the route is more than 8,000 miles.

From San Francisco flew out at midnight, at dawn to be in Honolulu.

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Landing in Honolulu.

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Honolulu - the ocean, palms, bars, girls ...
But I looked at my watch, it's time to go.

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Fly to the American Samoa Islands.

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After more than ten hours of flight I saw Samoa Islands.

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Pago-Pago is on the island of Tutuila, the one to the left.
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Landing in Pago-Pago.

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Heavenly place! But we must fly further ...

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At dawn we leave Pago-Pago ...
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... and take the course to New Zealand.


After eight hours of flight, the coast of New Zealand appeared through the clouds.

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The strait dividing New Zealand into the North and South.

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Landing at Christchurch airport.

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Well, it remains to fly the last stage.
A couple of hours to prepare and go on a flight.
I study the landmarks, since on the way to the Antarctic radio beacons will not be.



After seven hours of flight, icebergs began to appear.

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So Antarctica is already close.

Another hour of flight, and on the horizon Antarctica appeared in all its greatness.

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Above the ice silence ...

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So, enough to admire the boundless expanses. It's time to determine our location, since there is still no signal from the radio beacon.

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What is this island ahead of us !?

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We look at the map ...
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Yes! We fly right!
Only this islet should be on the right, and not on the left. But this is not critical ...

There, to the left, there should be our McMurdo Station and air base.
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And here is the station!
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Before landing, I decided to inspect the air base, since the VOR-beacon is not here.

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Well, let's prepare for the landing.

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Turning to the landing course

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Gear down
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And...
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... good landing!

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Engines stop!

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The flight is over...

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P.S. Behind about forty hours of flight. Even a little tired. But I got a lot of fun! ...

P.P.S. I apologize for errors in the text (comments were written using a Google translator).
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Re: To Antarctica.

Postby PAA0691 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:48 pm

Great pictures and adventure!

HA! while I was reading it (and seeing the landing pictures in McMurdo Station and air base), this song begins to sound on the radio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfYIMyS_dI

So... a epic finale for an epic adventure!
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Re: To Antarctica.

Postby HAG0688 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:53 pm

Thanks, Rodrigo
And nice song.


Oh, I forgot to put interesting shots

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That is:
http://desertedplaces.blogspot.com/2017 ... ne-in.html
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Re: To Antarctica.

Postby Dave Reed » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:50 pm

Interesting trip. Of course, it’s not a HAG trip, not a charter trip either.
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Re: To Antarctica.

Postby HAG0688 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:29 am

Yes, Dave, these are not flights of HAG. Only the first step, from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
  I posted these pictures so that the guys could take their mind off and look at interesting places where there are no flights of HAG.
On the other hand, I hope that someday such flights will be added for adventures.
Such flights tickle your nerves and adrenaline rises.
As I wrote before, I fly without GPS and other cheats.
After seven hours of flight, blood begins to boil slowly.
You look at the time, look at the fuel, calculate how much fuel is still enough. Looking at the horizon, hoping to see the continent and swearing obscenities, because the arrows of the radio compass do not move ...

Today I plan to fly to the Antarctic on L-049 "Constellation" and make a video.
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