NY Air National Guard unit starts annual Greenland mission

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STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y– The first of several LC-130 Hercules from the 109th Airlift Wing New York Air National Guard base in Schnectady New York takes off to Greenland in support of the National Science Foundation research projects. In addition to carrying cargo for science the 109th aircrews will conduct important ski-landing training […]

SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Air National Guard unit has begun its annual mission to support scientists doing climate research in Greenland.

National Guard officials say about 80 members of the 109th Airlift Wing departed Tuesday in three LC-130 cargo planes from Stratton Air National Guard Base. Over the next four months, about 200 airmen will participate in the mission that supports the National Science Foundation’s ongoing studies of Greenland’s ice cap.

The 109th uses its ski-equipped aircraft to transport fuel, cargo and passengers to and from the various research camps throughout Greenland.

The unit also conducts annual missions in Antarctica, where it also supports National Science Foundation research operations.

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