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“Step Away From The Fence And Put Away The Camera!”

Tuesday afternoon, heading into work, the drive takes me past the airport. I always glance in the direction of the US Antarctic Op. hangars to see what’s there. Usually a C17 Globemaster or an occasional C 130 Hercules. Last week the NASA DC 8 was visible.

But Tuesday? “Holy Crap!” I muttered, reached for my camera….curses! Left it at home again. I count two C17s and six C 130-Ts (The USAF ones with distinctive orange tail), and a big grey tail fin I didn’t recognise. That evening I ID’d it as an RNZAF 757-200, used for shuttling scientists and dignitaries around in comfort.

Yesterday, Wednesday 22 Feb, I was armed and ready. Took the right turn around the back road to airport, straight past the front fence of the base, parked up in the Antarctic Centre (public tourist attraction), and sprinted back up the road.

The two C17s were gone, but everything else was there, so I started snapping pics. As I approached the security gate and stood in the driveway trying to get a good shot, the security guard came out. He wasn’t smiling. I casually start wandering the other way, and see another dayglo vest and security tag emerge from a hangar and begin striding purposefully in my direction (see third pic. pic below). I grin and wave innocently, and back away to the other side of the road. The fun’s over and I’m late for work.

My supervisor asks what the holdup was? “Oh, just nearly got arrested by the USAF” I say casually. “Oh, nothing unusual for you then” he says shaking his head slowly.

It’s nearly end of the summer at the Ice, and these C130s are probably migrating northwards. Maybe they will investigate the nuclear incident that just happened in the Arctic?

Enjoy the pics guys!

Martin.

US military called in to fight swine flu

The US military is ordered to place the contagion of swine flu under close observation with the disease having reportedly afflicted 40 people in the country.

“The US military is monitoring the situation closely,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman was quoted by AFP as saying on Monday.

The Defense Department was “monitoring the health of the force to make sure we’re taking the necessary precautions to be able to preserve the fighting force,” he added.

The World Health Organization has so far confirmed 73 cases of the viral disease worldwide.

Later in the day, a recent Spanish visitor to Mexico was declared the most recent to have contracted the flu. Three suspected sufferers have also been reported in Germany, further alerting the European health authorities.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, warned that the State Department might prevent ‘non-essential’ trips to Mexico where the first case of the disease was detected, FOXNews reported.

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U.S. military Concedes Afghan Civilian Casualties

By Kamal Sadat

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The U.S. military has conceded that a raid this week by troops under its command in Afghanistan killed a group of civilians who were defending their home, not militants as it had earlier reported.

The killing of civilians by foreign forces is the biggest source of tension between the Afghan government and its Western backers. While NATO has tightened its procedures, the latest incident shows the problem is far from solved.

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