For the first time, Russian paratroopers have landed on the South Pole!
After a 12-year hiatus, when three of the American paratroopers crashed out of four American paratroopers in 1997 when they jumped to the South Pole, paratroopers parachuted again to the South Pole. The Russian team of three people (Alexander Voloshin, Alexander Yepanechnikov, Evgeny Bakalov) on December 19, 2009, at 01.30 Moscow time, landed successfully on the South Pole. For the first time the Russians made a leap into the heart of Antarctica.
Geographical point of the South Pole Preparation for this event has been conducted for ten years.
1999: An international integrated Antarctic expedition to the South Pole “Towards the 21st century” was conducted. The first mass parachute landing in Antarctica, in the area of Patriot Hills, was organized. The inspection of people and parachute equipment was carried out in conditions of high solar radiation and high mountains.
2005: Climbing Elbrus – testing parachutists for the duration of their stay in conditions of lack of oxygen.
2004 – 2009: jumps to the North Pole – checking people, clothes and parachute equipment in extremely low temperatures.
The expedition took place from December 14, 2009 to December 22, 2009. During this time, we flew 36,000 kilometers and were in the air for about 60 hours.
First stage (December 14–15): Expedition flight from Moscow to Cape Town (South Africa).
Stage 2 (December 15–16): Visiting the Antarctic Club of the South African company The Antarctic Company (TAS), where we were given polar clothing and had a thorough briefing on the expedition and the specifics of being in Antarctica. Thanks to the TAS company under the leadership of our compatriots: Alexey Turchin, Vasily Kolyazin, Viktor Serov – delivery and paratroopers on the South Pole became possible.
The third stage (December 16–17): A flight on an IL-76 plane en route Cape Town – Antarctica (Novolazarevskaya). Flight time: 6 hours. Landing on a snow-ice airfield, which operates only during November-December and from late January to February. After landing, we received our luggage and settled in the Oasis guest house complex – our base was there during the Antarctic journey. The guest house is located in the Schirmacher Oasis, on a rocky, almost ice-free surface 14 km from the runway. It took about 20–30 minutes by all-terrain vehicle to get there.
Landing was successful. Landing was successful.
Stage 4 (December 17–18): Acclimatization, tour of the Antarctic oasis. The Schirmacher Oasis are cut off by cliffs to the ice shelf. This glacier, from 50 to 100 meters thick, extends 70 km to the north – and only there you can see the ocean. A tidal fissure forms near the oasis, the ice melts from the rocks heated by the sun, forming small lakes. If the weather allows and snow, you can go to the glacial grottoes, shining from the inside with all shades of blue.