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    For many Air Force people, a day in December could just as well be a day in July.

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    Air Force personnel working on flight line in cold weather gear.
    25 ft

    Snowplows, shovelling snow, and cars in snow.
    8 ft

    Winter sports.
    2 ft

    Cargo loading in snow and plane takeoff.
    11 ft


    Official U.S. Air Force Film released by Department of Defense
    SCOPE: This coverage is of Air Force personnel operating during winter conditions.
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    Background: For many Air Force people, a day in December could just as well be a day in July. The mission isn't really affected by the weather. But those stationed in the north country know the job doesn't change just because the weather does. At Minot, North Dakota, the temperature drops below zero and stays there! Ice and snow are just a way of life. But, the job still has to get done.

    Portable heaters are brought out to the flightline so the workers can keep their hands and faces from freezing. At minus 35 degrees, at least two men must work together so they can periodically check each other for frostbite. Nobody works alone in this kind of weather. Winter makes the job more difficult, but the people adjust. Heavy clothing is a fact of life. Equipment receives that extra bit of care to keep it running in sub-zero temperatures.

    The base civil engineers must still maintain the runways and the roads as winter brings with it it's own special brand of problems. Wives still have to drive to the base to do their shopping. But, winter also provides some good things too -- like sports and recreation.

    Nothing escapes the harsh touch of winter -- not the people, not the equipment, not even the aircraft. But the mission remains, and the people working in the northern tier know that no matter what demands the weather puts on them -- the job must be done.

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