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Antarctic Flying Poses
Special Problems for
Ronne Group Pilots
By Mrs. Finn Ronne
North American Newspaper Allianc*
RONNE EXPEDITION BASE,
Antarctic. Aug. 21 (Delayed).—Ant
arctic flying poses so many special
problems that the combined experi
ence of our pilots is sometimes
barely enough to cope with them.
The vast, unknown area compares
to long overwater flights across the
Pacific and Atlantic. The high
mountain range with seasonal, low
hanging clouds provide conditions
much like those met in flying over
the hump between India and China,
and special Antarctic problems—such
as lack of navigational aid and the
extreme cold—can be compared to
conditions nowhere else in the
Before every flight, the plane must
be dug out of the ice and snow which
buries it completely after each of
our frequent blizzards. Subsequent
outside work at temperatures way
below zero is particularly trying be
cause, in that cold, tools become
brittle and snap, ratchets stick,
nuts freeze against the plastic
windows, windshields become hard.
little sheets and the touch of
freezing metal against bare skin
will cause a naaty bum far more
rapidly than an open flame.
Weight a Serious Faetor.
With all available personnel work
ing at top speed and assuming the
weather doesn’t change, the plane ■
should be ready to load after two 1
or three days’ work.
Weight is an even more serious 1
factor in Antarctic flying. Ski
equipped planes are largely depend- 1
ent upon the texture, depth and 1
hardness of surface conditions to 1
control how much they may carry.
Mew, light snow is almost fluid and
won't support even the smaller liai
son-type aircraft, while com or
wind-packed snow makes the ski
plane about 75 per cent effective
Emergency equipment of 150
pounds must be carried for each|
man going on the flight. This will |
include such' important items as
down-fllled sleeping bags, highly
caloric pemmican, primus stoves, a
tent, man-hauled sleds, back packs.!
skis, extra clothing and an emer
gency radio. This weight alone 1s;
enough to change the standard two
place aircraft into a one-mar,
Position Reports Vital.
Radios must be tuned for maxi
mum output and sensitivity here.
It is vital that position reports are
plotted constantly and weather
changes must be received soon
Enough to enable the fliers to return
safely. For long flights, dog or
jractor teams are sent as far out
nto the field as possible along the
•oute of the flight to provide ground
support in case any unforseen events
ihould make a forced landing neces
sary. Radio contact is maintained
sonstantly during the flight with
>oth the home base and the trail
Both flight and ground crews are
sareful to attend to the most minute
letail. Despite the extensive flying
Experience of the pilots, none ques
;ions even the most detailed prep
trations and precautions taken.
The last few days have seen our
iviation personnel digging out the
L-5 plane, which will be used for
Be Trimmed Now
Overgrown Trees Removed.
Ah Excellent Assortment of
A«ei 40th Atc., HymttsTillr. Md.
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Were to $9.60
Dress sixes, 9 to 48
AH Sales Cash an4 Final
local reconnaissance work until the
two longer-range planes are as
sembled. Then the extensive avia
tion program will commence.
Dr. Burrill to Speak
At Campfire Program
Dr. Meredith F. Burrill, director
of the United States Board on Geo
graphic Names, will give an illus-j
trated talk, "Through Europe With
a Color Camera,” at 8 pm. tomorrow
at the Rock Creek Park campfire
program, to be held near Sixteenth
street and Colorado avenue NW.
Added attractions will be recorded ,
“Music at Twilight” and a techni- ]
color film, "America the Beautiful.” •
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