• Short Summary

    EXERCISE "POLAR SIEGE", CLAIMED TO BE THE BIGGEST MILITARY MANOEUVRE EVER HELD IN THE ARCTIC, TOOK PLACE LAST MONTH.

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    EXERCISE "POLAR SIEGE", CLAIMED TO BE THE BIGGEST MILITARY MANOEUVRE EVER HELD IN THE ARCTIC, TOOK PLACE LAST MONTH. HELD IN A 2,100 SQUARE MILE ZONE OF ALASKA IT INVOLVED 10,000 TROOPS OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND ARMY, AND CANADIAN ARMY.

    TO SPEED AERIAL DELIVERIES OF FUEL, RATIONS, AND OTHER MILITARY SUPPLIES A NEW METHOD WAS USED, NICKNAMED "OPERATION YANK". IT INVOLVED HERCULES C-130 AIRCRAFT FLYING AT GROUND LEVEL OVER A FROZEN LAKE. A HOOK, TRAILING FROM THE PLANE, CATCHES A STEEL CABLE ON THE GROUND, THEN SINCE THE HOOK IS ATTACHED TO A FREIGHT PACKAGE INSIDE THE AIRCRAFT, WHEN IT SNARES THE LINE A LOAD IS PULLED FROM THE PLANE. AIR FORCE METHODS OF SUPPLYING FORWARD MILITARY UNITS.

    FOR THE PILOTS IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT JOBS OF THEIR LIVES. FLYING THE BIG TURBO-PROP PLANES IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES WITH WINDS OF 65 MILES AN HOUR (105 K.P.H.) AT GROUND LEVEL TESTED ALL THEIR CAPABILITIES. ALL OTHER AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN GROUNDED BECAUSE OF THE CONDITIONS, EVEN THE HELICOPTERS.

    THE HERCULES C-130s OF THE UNITED STATES TACTICAL AIR COMMAND ALSO USED ANOTHER METHOD OF FAST AND ACCURATE AIR DELIVERIES. THIS SYSTEM, WHICH USES A 22 FOOT (7 METRES) DROGUE PARACHUTE TO PULL THE LOAD SAFELY FROM THE LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT, REQUIRES NO GROUND EQUIPMENT.

    EXERCISE "POLAR SIEGE" LASTED TEN DAYS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAASHMKVYL06L2IEWIJFDVEA1K6
    Media URN:
    VLVAASHMKVYL06L2IEWIJFDVEA1K6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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