STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia--An LC-130 belonging to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing roars down the runway here as it takes to the air en route to the South Pole on Wednesday Oct. 21 as the wing kicked off its 21st year of providing support to science research in the Antarctic.
The 109th Airlift Wing is the only unit in the United States military flying aircraft equipped with skis that can land on ice and snow.
About 300 members of the wing will spend 16 weeks resupplying Antarctic bases operated by the National Science Foundation and Australia.
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Oswego County Today -- Wed, 19 Oct 2016 Dr. Liepke Named NY Army National Guard State Surgeon LATHAM, NY - Dr. Matthew Liepke, an Oswego resident and a Lieutenant Colonel in the New York Army National Guard, has been named New York Army National Guard State Surgeon.
Nationalguard.mil -- Tue, 18 Oct 2016 New York Airmen and ski-equipped planes begin annual migration to South Pole STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia, N.Y. - Airmen and ski-equipped aircraft from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing have started their annual journey to Antarctica.
WTEN -- Tue, 18 Oct 2016 Aircrews with the 109th Airlift Wing set to takeoff for Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica SCHENECTADY, NY (NEWS10) Operation Deep Freeze is the logistical support that the military provides to the National Science Foundation managed US Antarctic program.