NY Air National Guard to launch mission to Antarctica

A New York Air National Guard ski-equipped aircraft on the ramp at the runway at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on Dec. 28, 2018. The National Guard Association of the United States wrote the president requesting he restore more than $1 billion for Guard equipment that the Pentagon cut as part of a $3.8 billion reprogramming of fiscal 2020 defense appropriations which includes $169 million for two C-130J Super Hercules cargo planes for the Air Guard.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 25, 2019

SCOTIA, N.Y. — The New York Air National Guard is launching a support mission to Antarctica for a 32nd year.

Members of the 109th Airlift Wing leave Monday for a weeklong trip to the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station. Five LC-130 "Skibird" aircraft will depart from the Stratton Air National Guard Base near Schenectady.

The military helps deliver supplies and personnel to Antarctica. The wing expects to conduct 160 missions, included logistical support for research.

Scientists are studying ice loss in glaciers on the continent.

About 500 airmen are expected to deploy through February.

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