International co-operation ensured a happy Christmas for men at Untied States scientific bases in Antarctica.?
MVs & SVs Hercules aircraft being loaded (4 shots)
GV, SV & CU TILT DOWN Hercules (3 shots)
SV INT Cockpit showing aircraft approaching and landing and GVs EXT (5 shots)
SVs & MVs Unloading operation (3 shots)
GV Another plane takes off
Initials ESP/1603 ESP/1619
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Background: International co-operation ensured a happy Christmas for men at Untied States scientific bases in Antarctica. No US aircraft were available to fly supplies, because of the priority given to Vietnam operations - mainly getting some troops home by Christmas. So Britain's Royal air Force helped out, and ferried goods form New Zealand. The main cargoes were such items as aircraft propellers and machinery, but there was room for Christmas cards and presents form the families of the men who are celebrating in the solitude of the inhospitable Antarctic waste.
SYNOPSIS: An international operation has kept supplies flowing to United States bases in Antarctica - and made sure the men enjoy Christmas. No U.S. aircraft were available to get supplies to the lonely bases, so New Zealand and the United Kingdom stepped in to help.
Hercules transport 'planes were lent by Britain's Royal Air Force, and they were loaded at Christchurch, in New Zealand.
The United States had to seek overseas aid because all their transport aircraft were tied up in Vietnam. Most of them were being used in an effort to get as many troops as possible home for Christmas. But that meant trouble for the men in the Antarctic, who depend on regular airlifts of supplies to keep the bases running. And they wanted their Christmas presents, too.
Once the hercules lands at McMurdo Sound, unloading starts straight away. There's not much tie because the Antarctic summer means the airstrip is getting more dangerous as it melts. Already there's only seven feet of ice to support the aircraft.
The supplies are transferred to another hercules which is equipped with skis, and operates a delivery service among the many small bases scattered in the inhospitable Antarctic icefields.