Friday, November 27, 2015

A Boeing 757 landed on the blue-ice runway in Antarctica for the first time

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In this age of modern air travel, it is relatively easy for anyone with the means to book a flight to almost any corner of the Earth

Unless that corner is Antarctica, a place where you cannot simply pave a runway and start landing planes

In Antarctic locations such as Union Glacier, the runway is blue ice: dense, intensely blue glacier ice formed when snow falls onto glaciers, gets compacted and recrystallizes. This is generally a place for cargo and military jets, such as the Russian Ilyushin.

But commercial jets are making progress — and the Icelandic airline Loftleidir landed the first Boeing 757 on the blue ice runway at Union Glacier on Thursday. Read more...

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