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Inside Stories ANTARCTIC AVIATION

Pioneering Antarctic aviators braved the elements to put themselves on the map, as Robin Evans explains

Intended for Sir Edmund Hillary’s Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, this ex-RAF Auster Mk.7c was first damaged on New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier during pre-deployment training in 1956. It served two Antarctic tours, and is now displayed in New Zealand 
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Believed to have been first discovered 200 years ago, stories of Antarctica, the ‘lost continent’, abound. Irresistible to the curious and fearless, its mysteries were progressively revealed by sea, land and finally air… a process that continues today. 

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