Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dave's Birthday

Dave got to work October 6th to find his desk area decorated for the second year in a row.  Our friend Pam once again got help from our boss Pete to help her decorate for his Birthday.

That evening we gathered at the Coffeehouse with friends for a small Birthday celebration.  Here's Kelly with Susie and Charlee.

Here's Josh, Pam, Candy & Kim

Dave & Dennis

Pete, Josh, Pam & Candy

Dave and Wendy with cheesy grins

Alex & Dave

Australian A319

Winfly officially ended on September 23rd with the arrival of the first flight of Mainbody.  As you can see it was a beautiful day.

Here's a shot of the Airbus 319 as it landed at the Ice Runway

The A319 is contracted out of Melbourne, Australia.  The Australian Antarctic Program gives us so many Airbus flights in exchange for LC-130 flights that we'll be doing for them to their Casey Station later this month.

Here's a shot of Kelly unloading bags out of the small cargo hold on the A319.

Here's Dave to the right of the stairs getting the outbound passengers loaded on the plane.

Here's Dave to the right of the stairs and Kelly walking off the ramp.  The A319 flew two flights for us in September and will be back again in November.

New Zealand P3 Rescue Flight

Back in mid September, during the Winfly period when we weren't suppose to be getting any flights, we had a situation on Station that required us to have a plane come down to take someone back to New Zealand.  Since the U.S. Air Force didn't have any planes in the area, the New Zealand Air Force sent down a P3 plane.  The weather was pretty bad during this time, but after two days of delays due to storms they finally made it in. 
Here's a shot of the plane as it was coming in for a landing.

Here's the P3 as it's coming on to the ramp

We thought the whole operation wasn't going to take very long, but the plane was on the ground for around two hours.  Someone told us the following day that there was a photo of the two of us working the plane on the national news in New Zealand that day.

Here's a photo of Dave warming his toes.  Since we didn't think we were going to be out there very long, we didn't dress as well as we should have.