Airplanes land almost every day at the South Pole. Most of the time, they’re LC-130’s, however we also have our share of DC-3 and Twin Otters as well. In support of airfield operations, the South Pole Fire Station #3 maintains a constant state of readyness whenever a plane is taking off or landing.
The other day I was shown by a few of our firemen how they monitor the airfield, and stay ready for anything out there. Since the runway is made of ice, they must be able to get to the scene of any incident reliably and with all the equiptment they need. For this, they have Elephant Man.
Once a traverse test vehicle, this burly tractor-transport-hybrid now supports the fire crew, and serves to tow their fire fighting gear out to the Skiway, where the planes land. A few photos: