Baby it's cold outside

Over the years at Boeing, our team has created airplanes designed to operate in all types of weather conditions. But it’s still impressive to see a 757 in Antarctica.

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That 757 touched down on the world’s southernmost continent for the first time last week.

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The flight was operated by our friends at the Icelandic carrier Loftleidir, part of the Icelandair Group’s charter service. It was part of a joint initiative with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE) and NAS Corporation Limited, aimed at looking into the feasibility of using conventional commercial airplanes to bring expeditions and tours to ALE’s Union Glacier Camp, based in the remote and spectacular southern Ellsworth Mountains in West Antarctica.

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Looking at these photos, it seems the carrier’s 757-200ER had no problem landing on the blue ice runway at Union Glacier and looks just stunning against the backdrop of an Antarctic summer. Congrats and thanks to Tim Hewette and Adam Ungar from ALE for the great photos.

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Comments (4)

Adam Brown (Marthas Vineyard Island):

There goes the neighborhood! :)

David T (Seattle):

Hi Randy - This is not the first 757 to land in Antartica, The Royal New Zealand Air Force has been flying to Pegasus Field (the ice runway for Scott Base (NZ( and McMurdo (US) for a number of years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_Field

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

It is rare to find a civilian plane outside of a Twin Otter, the usual planes of the icecaps are usually military cargo planes like the JATO and ski equipped C-130, the C-17, and C-5.
I think the 757 is a good plane for the Antarctic because of the planes field performance, range, and it's weight distribution on the ground. Congrats to Iceland Air on the feat.

Ed Jackson (Fort Worth, TX, USA):

The B-757 is the perfect airplane for the Antarctic with its range and light foot print from it twin tandem MLG, something the A-321 cannot achieve because of it only has twin wheels and heavier foot print.

I hope Boeing appreciates the B-757 and builds its BOEING REPLACEMENT soon. Boeing builds the world's best and longest lived airplanes. I should know, I flew the KC-135 from 1970 to 1992, and she is still the backbone of the USAF air refueling capability, at 59 years old.

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