NZRAF C130h Hercules - Phoenix Ice Runway - Antarctica


Phoenix Airfield (ICAO: NZFX) is an airstrip in Antarctica opened in early 2017, designed to replace the Pegasus Field's role in serving McMurdo Station.

No. 40 Squadron RNZAF is a transport squadron in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). The RNZAF purchased the three first ever, H model Hercules (NZ 7001, NZ 7002, NZ 7003) from the US in April 1965 and then another two aircraft (NZ 7004, and NZ 7005) in 1968. Since the introduction of the type they have been involved extensively carrying freight, troops, and providing humanitarian relief to countries all over the world.

Shown here is a shot taken in September 2021 as the C130 started it's Summer season transporting polar workers to Scott Base in Antarctica


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