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December 1974. One typically accesses Antarctica via Williams Field, which serves both the U.S. McMurdo Station and New Zealand's Scott Base. In the background, we see a U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-141A Starlifter from the 60th Military Airlift Wing, headquartered then at Travis AFB in California. In all likelihood, its Antarctic journey was staged through Christchurch, NZ. In the foreground is a U.S. Navy Lockheed LC-130R Hercules, sporting a two-tone grey and orange livery. It is outfitted with skis and is otherwise configured for arctic operations. This aircraft was struck off charge in 2003 and was still parked in the AMARG boneyard in Arizona as of 2013. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.