The Uruguayan Air Force C-130 on an Antarctic mission (Image © Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya)

Uruguayan Hercules on Antarctic mission

If the weather will allow it the Uruguayan Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules dispatched to Antarctica will arrive home on Tuesday 8 December 2015.

The aircraft (FAU 592) left Air Brigade I (Carrasco) on 1 December, the Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya writes in a statement, with the personnel that will operate the Latin American country’s South Pole base in 2016. Dubbed Antarctic Scientific Antarkos XXXII the Hercules the technicians and other personnel will first focus on executing essential repairs to the base, mainly the generators and telecom systems, after the past winter period.

King George Island

Uruguay runs its Artigas Base at King George Island, 75 miles (120 km) from the main coast of Antarctica and home to research stations of many countries. The Uruguayan station is a 5 mile (10km) drive from a nearby 4,230 feet short airstrip which also serves other stations.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The Uruguayan Air Force C-130 on an Antarctic mission (Image © Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya)