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Preliminary flight plan to the South Pole
We will fly out on the Basler BT-67 to the south, fly over the mountains of Queen Maud Land and then fly over the Antarctic Plateau. After 4 - 4,…

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Parachuting requires the skills of an athlete to perform free-fall with various acrobatic elements, controlled descent and precise smooth landing. It is already far in the past when the parachuter's…

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Preliminary flight plan to the South Pole

We will fly out on the Basler BT-67 to the south, fly over the mountains of Queen Maud Land and then fly over the Antarctic Plateau. After 4 – 4, 5 hours of flight we will make an intermediate landing on a glacial plateau for refueling. Here the height of the glacier reaches 2,500 meters above sea level. In the Antarctic, the air is more discharged than in ordinary mountains. An altitude of 2,500 meters corresponds approximately to an altitude of 3,000 meters in ordinary mountains. We leave on this site two people to organize the camp. On the way back here, according to the sanitary norms of flight, we plan to rest the crew and the whole group. From here to the Pole there are still about 800 kilometers or 2, 5 hours of flight. After landing near the South Pole, on the runway of the American Amundsen-Scott station, we will have 2, 2, 5 hours to perform a parachute jump and a tour of the station. Extract from the instructions: “Be careful. You are at an altitude of 2.800 meters above sea level, which corresponds to an approximate altitude of 3.500 in ordinary mountains. You may experience signs of mountain sickness (shortness of breath and mild headache). To avoid this, move slowly and do not carry heavy things. If necessary, the guide will give you a pill for mountain sickness. ” Parachute jump: in the area of ​​Amundsen-Scott station, our plane will land at a suitable place for landing. Here we will install the altimeter and insuring devices on parachutes, marking the landing area. Then take off, climb to 1.500 m above the platform level (platform height 2.800 m) and jump. The opening of parachutes at a height of 1.200 m above the ground.

Landing was successful. Landing was successful.

Fifth stage (December 18–19): at 10:00 local time, we flew aboard the Basler BT-67 aircraft to the south. On board the “Basler” – 13 people: the Canadian crew of the aircraft (four), the escort group from the company “TAS” (three), three are tourists, and we are a parachute group of three people. 13 people on board (including one woman) – a good start. Above the mountains of the Queen Maud Land, the plane gains more than 4,000 meters and we are given oxygen masks. 5, 5 hours over the Antarctic plateau, we flew at this altitude to the Fuel Depot (refueling point). Arriving at the Fuel Depot, the commander of the Basler realized that landing was impossible due to the dense clouds. We fly directly to the South Pole, the fuel should be enough to runway the American station Amundsen-Scott. Before landing at the US station, it turns out that the co-pilot has a suspicion of appendicitis.

Landing was successful. Landing was successful.

At the station, the weather is good, landing takes place on the “excellent”. For the parking of the aircraft and our tents for rest, we are allocated a place not far from the geographical mark “South Pole” (with an error of 50 – 70 meters). First of all, we send the second pilot to the doctors, set up a camp and wait for the decision to allocate fuel to the aircraft to perform the jump and return to Novolazarevskaya. All our companions in the flight are in a great mood – we got to the South Pole! The goal of our expedition has not yet been achieved – we are awaiting landing. What can interfere with the performance of a crucial task – the weather … Shortage of fuel … Something else …. After 5, 5 hours, the TAS representative announces that the Americans have allocated fuel for the parachute jump.

Landing was successful. Landing was successful.

Hooray, the jump will take place! The crew offered two options – an excursion to a new American station, and then a jump, or at first – a jump, but there will be no excursion for parachutists. We have only one option – jump. The American station Amundsen-Scott, a huge research area with all sorts of antennas and instruments, is the choice of landing ground for the paratroopers. Since we have one vehicle – an airplane, we flew to the point indicated by the Americans (15 km from the station). The weather is excellent, visibility is good, the wind is 2–3 m / s. They marked the landing area, turned on the insuring devices with parachutes and together with the crew conducted a training session in order to coordinate all actions to perform a parachute jump. The actions are as follows: we pick up a height of 1,500 m above the landing area, the vehicles in flight open a special hatch for landing. After that, the parachutists get up “ready” for separation from the aircraft at the command of the commander of the crew. The control of the interval of the parachutist unit is made by the issuer (the senior parachute group). And now – the long-awaited signal “WENT”, and we in the air at the height of Elbrus, the dome worked perfectly. Everything around is white, only the Amundsen-Scott station violates this sterile whiteness. There is a final stage – landing. There are some difficulties landing at this height, but we are ready for it. And now – landing! Alexander Voloshin, Alexander Yepanechnikov and I, Yevgeny Bakalov, are standing on a three-kilometer layer of ice with my hands up from the happiness that we could do it.

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