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Dramatic Antarctic rocket assisted take off - image

The US Air Force has released a picture of one of their C130 Hercules aircraft using a dramatic rocket assisted take off in Antarctica.

The US Air Force Air National Guard plane flew in a science team to the Shackleton Glacier in the Transantarctic Mountains, south of New Zealand's Scott Base.

The ski equipped Hercules landed on what the fliers called an "open field" an unprepared snow plain in the mountains.

To take off again the plane used JATO or jet assisted take off bottles which blast the aircraft into the air.

 http://stuff.co.nz/4318736a...

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By netchicken: posted on 10-12-2007








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