This morning, a USAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III touched down at Christchurch Airport from McChord AFB near Seattle, WA. This is an extremely significant flight because it is the first USAF aircraft bound for Antarctica since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arriving at the military apron at CHC, the Globemaster unloaded its cargo, including 30 airmen and scientists bound for Scott/McMurdo base in the Ross Dependency of Antarctica. However, before the personnel continue their journey, the New Zealand Government has decided they must undergo a 2-week quarantine, to make sure none of the people are infected with Coronavirus. This is very important because Antarctica is the only place on Earth that has no traces of COVID-19, and the 450 American individuals living there at the moment would like to keep it that way.
Alongside the military workforce, there are also many vital supplies on the aircraft, including fresh food, medical equipment, and scientific instruments to monitor the environment in Antarctica. Unfortuantly, I was unable to go to Christchurch to spot the C-17, but I have supplied images from the website I have sourced my information from, which you can find here. I would recommend giving this a read if you are interested in learning more about the flight!
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