Fokker F-28 Fellowship T-01 "Patagonia" - belonging to the Argentine president - became the first jet to land at the antarctic when it touched down at Marambio, on 28 July 1973, 13:28 h. A 1.200 m strip surrounded by dangerously close cliffs, was laid out using stones and ice. The wind, which blew continuously, keeps the strip free of snow so that no special provisions are needed for the undercarriage. A perfect landing was performed at an air temperature of 23'C below zero. Two hours later the engines, now also well below zero, started if somewhat slowly.
The weather was not very cooperative however and shortly after landing a heavy blizzard started. This encouraged use of a short break in the storm to make a rather earlier than planned departure.
Nice. Historical picture.
Thank you Leonardob, yes it was :-)
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Photo taken in Marambio Base, Unnamed Road, Base Marambio, Antarctica
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