Crashed Lockheed Constellation “Pegasus” Wreck at Pegasus Field, Antarctica

(Image: Eli Duke, cc-sa-3.0)

On October 8, 1970 a C-121 Lockheed Constellation named “Pegasus” crashed at a remote airstrip in Antarctica while attempting to land in near-zero visibility conditions.  Thankfully nobody onboard was seriously injured, and the ice strip – Pegasus Field – was subsequently named in the aircraft’s honour.  With few souvenir hunters or scrap dealers trekking around the Antarctic, the Constellation Pegasus can still be seen today, hidden beneath a blanket of snow.

(Images: Eli Duke, cc-sa-3.0; inset: U.S. Federal Government, public domain)

Pegasus Field is the southernmost of three runways serving McMurdo Station, a U.S. Antarctic research station located on the southern tip of Ross Island.  The others are Williams Field, limited to the use of ski-equipped aircraft, and the Ice Runway, which is available during the summer Antarctic field season.  In 2008 a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III touched down at Pegasus Field in what became the first landing in Antarctica aided by night vision goggles, a modern luxury not available to the crew of the Constellation.  (For more stories of adventure and heroism, check out Richard Nelsson’s excellent blog Those Who Dared.)

Keep reading – explore the Mothballed Russian Research Station Leningradskaya, and visit this Post-Soviet Aircraft Graveyard in Far East Russia.

 

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