Thursday, December 13, 2007

First Passenger Jet in Antarctica

The first passenger jet ever recently landed on a blue ice runway in Antarctica. Regular flights linking Australia and Antarctica are scheduled to begin this week. This passenger jet service is for scientists and research staff and is not for tourists. The runway is extra long at 2.5 miles because the ice does not offer the friction regular runways offer for planes to stop. On the trial run the plane successfully stopped in much less space than it is given on the runway. Read about the hard work that went into making the runway here.

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