Who needs the Winter Olympics when you can watch world-class skiing right here in the comfort of your computer or mobile device? In this outstanding footage, a skillful New York Air National Guard crew, flying a giant Lockheed Martin Hercules C-130, make their very first amazing landing on a Greenland icecap runway. The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing’s mission is to provide airlift support to the National Science Foundation’s South Pole research program by flying LC-130H Hercules air-lifters, fitted with special wheel-ski gear, in support of Arctic and Antarctic operations. It’s the only unit in the world to fly these extraordinary aircraft.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. After watching this video you will understand the uniqueness of this extraordinary aircraft.
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