There are very few places as hostile and challenging to fly in as the Arctic. From April to August each year, the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing heads to Greenland and does just that.

An LC-130H gets airborne from Raven Camp. If the Hercules isn’t airborne by the 2,000ft markers, the crew will abort the take-ofiand try again.
Report and photos: Neil Dunridge

HIDDEN CREVASSES, THE sky and ground blending together in one white ball of light. The coldest temperatures on earth, longitude lines that merge to make navigation dificult. Operating anywhere in the polar regions requires professionalism and expertise.

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