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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.
Frank Burch (fourth from left) was at one time the head of the U.S. National Archives' Polar and Scientific Division. The National Science Foundation sponsored his trip to Antarctica in December 1974 to ensure the integrity of historic record keeping. This image captures a side trip to the geographic south pole. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
Disneyland, 1956. The Skyway to Fantasyland, a ride no more. One of hundreds of Kodachrome slides taken by my dad starting in 1955. One of many to soon be posted. View full size.
Kelley family reunion taken either in Elgin or Rockford, Illinois around 1952. My Dad, Donald A., is fourth from the right, standing; Mom, "Dovey", is far right seated. Both gone, both still loved deeply. View full size.
Dad in our extremely small kitchen on 7th Ave. in Rockford Illinois. The table folded out from the wall. He always carved. I'm guessing this was taken in the early 50's; I don't remember the apron. View full size.