STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia, New York -- Three LC-130 “Skibirds”, and around 75 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing will be heading for Greenland at the end of April to support National Science Foundation science research there.
The 109th flies the largest aircraft in the world which are capable of landing on snow and ice and conduct resupply missions for American scientific research in Antarctica when it is winter in New York and in Greenland during the summer months.
In 2021, the wing’s Airmen carried 1.3 million pounds of cargo, 32,000 gallons of fuel and delivered 910 passengers to science stations in Greenland. They flew a total of 678 hours.
The aircraft and Airmen departing at the end of the month are the first of six rotations of 75 to 100 Airmen and three aircraft scheduled throughout the summer support season. The season is slated to end in August.
The Airmen fly from Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, near Schenectady, New York, to Kangerlussuaq International Airport in Greenland, which serves as their operating base.
This year, the main focus is training airmen from the 109th and supporting ongoing construction at Summit Station which is operated by the National Science Foundation.
Summit Station is the only high altitude, high latitude, inland, year‐round observing station in the Arctic. Summit Station is funded by the NSF and supports their research due to Greenland’s weather conditions. It is located at the apex of the Greenland ice sheet and is staffed in the winter by a team of five people.