GOLF 4-3-9 Antarctica Expedition 2008
Report Day 01 -- Monday 27 October 2008 -- Expedition Begins

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The C17 carrying 107 passengers
and 10 crew members!

Day One! We are now at McMurdo Station for less than 24 hours and lots has happened. We were incredibly lucky to arrive in Christchurch when the first major weather window opened up in McMurdo. We had to wake up at 3 AM in Christchurch and caught our scheduled flight to the Ice. Super-luxury. We were ferried over in a C17 Globemaster four jet-engine cargo plane equipped with regular airline seats. There were a few "regular" canvas jump seats on the sides of the plane, but we were lucky enough to get "real" seats for this five-hour flight.

Ivan the Terra Bus

Very comfortable sitting but the noise needs some major countermeasures: earplugs, noise canceling headphones with your favorite iTunes library or both.

We arrived under bright blue skies and almost no wind on Pegasus Runway around lunchtime, and we taxied with Ivan the Terrabus to McMurdo Station. This ride took only 40 minutes because we could take a shortcut that did not take us through the Kiwi Station, Scott Base. It turns out that we were luckier than the passengers that wanted to go back home on our plane. It was delayed and they all had to do the trip back to McMurdo until things were ready to go again.

Since we arrived, we have spent our time unpacking, going to briefings, getting our computers hooked up, but in very little time we will have everything set up so we can work!

Hubert Staudigel (Hotel Sierra) and Laurie Connell (Lima Charlie a.k.a. Loco Coco) from McMurdo Station
27 October, 2008

GOLF 4-3-9 Antarctica Expedition