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June 10, 2002 at 10:32 pm #95
The log is attached for those interested.
Regards, SkuaJune 11, 2002 at 10:25 am #1486
Interesting article, but to be honest I’ve never heard of the Glacier. It sounds like it might be one of the old polar boats. How about enlightening all of us.
mikeJune 16, 2002 at 11:59 pm #1487
[font=Courier New:zckn0z5k]The USS/USCGC Icebreaker Glacier served many years opening the sea ice so the resupply ships could get to McMurdo.
A group was formed to preserve the Glacier as a living museum with the main subject “Polar Exploration”
The Glacier Society is active in promoting Antarctic education and preservation of polar history.
Volunteers do most of the restoration and maintenance.
[/font:zckn0z5k]IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED:[font=Times New Roman:zckn0z5k][/font:zckn0z5k][font=Verdana, Arial:zckn0z5k]The Glacier exemplifies the best of America in action: military service personnel, scientists, and citizens working together with the government for a common good. She will serve as a major tourist attraction to Bridgeport, CT. While in port, she will house a museum honoring all men and women who have explored vast regions of the world and served for their country.[/font:zckn0z5k][font=Times New Roman:zckn0z5k][/font:zckn0z5k][font=Verdana, Arial:zckn0z5k]
[/font:zckn0z5k]URLs http://www.glaciersociety.org, http://www.uscg.mil/hq/mcpocg/1links/glaciersociety.html
[/font:zckn0z5k]June 17, 2002 at 4:10 pm #1488
I had no idea. Do you guys man the radio room? I have a weekly sked with the USS Salem. For the last couple of month they have had Scouts sleeping over and before supper they get on the IRLP ham radio link. I bet I’ve let more than a thousand scouts this year ask me questions about life down here. It’s been a lot of fun. Let me know if any of the hams in the radio room want to chat with antarctica.
mikeJune 17, 2002 at 9:47 pm #1489
I suggest you contact the Glacier Society for information about the ship and Scouts.
I was in VXE-6 1969-71 summer support. .
There are several Antarctic interest groups around.
I have passed the Glacier Society and OAE material to members that read this group.
If there is an interest I will pass Antarctic info I receive, advise what you would like to see.
Regards, SkuaJune 19, 2002 at 12:23 pm #1490
Feel free to keep adding anything Antarctic to the message board. Now that I know the ship was connected to us, your notes are more interesting. By the way if you keep adding to the old messages the site brings the whole thread back to the top of the list. If you do that people can see all your messages at one time and keep things in context. I’ll be happy to try a Ham Radio contact with anyone there, but at this time of year with our total darkness, radio propagation doesn’t work reliably.
mikeJune 19, 2002 at 5:49 pm #1491
If you were here in 1970 would you have a firsthand story of the pegusus crash. When we get daylight again Clark and I will probably lead a recreation trip out to the wreck. I don’t have the ‘true’ story of what happened. Currently pegasus sitsl out past pegasus airfield, but it’s my understanding that the crash was at willy field. Some say they dragged it out to pegasus to use as an office but it filled with snow. Any info would be used for our trip.
mikeJune 20, 2002 at 7:35 am #1492
[font=Courier New:q6lobfpo]Reference the Pegasus crash.
I was in Christchurch when she crashed.
The crash was on the ice runway. Williams field on the ice shelf was only used by ski equipped C-130s and Helos. Wheels only aircraft conducted operations from the ice runway.
The Pegasus arrived at McMurdo in a white out. Several passes were made using the GCA, however the runway was not sighted. A decision was made to make a landing before the fuel was gone. As I recall there was a high very cross wind. The touch down was made blind from a GCA approach. The wind blew the wing into the snow berm and the Pegasus cart wheeled on the runway, there was a question about the number of spins, 3 or 4 perhaps more. All aboard survived. The worst injury was a cut on the co-pilots head, hit when he stood up after the Pegasus came to rest. (See Passing of a Pegasus Pilot, posted 4/8/2002. Denny Zelna was the Co-pilot)
Most of our Helo pilots and Helo support personnel were on Pegasus. Their loss would have limited summer support.
The white out was so bad it took three or four hours to find the survivors. The ground crew knew they had crashed and commenced a search. All VXE-6 aircraft carried survival gear. The survivors had set up tents and had heat when finally located on the ice run way.
I was a C-130 aircraft commander, 319 crew
Billy Blackwelder [/font:q6lobfpo]firstname.lastname@example.org[font=Courier New:q6lobfpo] a Helo pilot was a Pegasus passenger, he can give you the “inside story”
[/font:q6lobfpo]June 20, 2002 at 10:40 pm #1493
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