A McChord Air Force Base, Wash., jet recently touched down on a
sheet of sea ice at McMurdo Station as part of Operation Deep
Freeze. The C-17 Globemaster III, loaded with National Science
Foundation staff members, supplies and equipment along with members
of the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings, landed on the ice runway as
part of the joint mission the Air Force has participated in
annually since 1957.