It’s hard to believe, but the arrival Oct. 30 at the South Pole of a ski-equipped LC-130 from New York’s Air National Guard unit, the 109th Airlift Wing, marked 50 years of military flights to the Pole. The aircrews conduct regular resupply flights to support the scientific research stations at the Pole and throughout Antarctica. A Navy crew, aboard a Navy variant of a DC-3 first landed at the South Pole Oct. 31, 1956. In 1998, the Navy turned over the mission to the Air Force.
The Senate Appropriations Committee released its version of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act on Oct. 18, proposing an additional half billion dollars for the Space Force's 2022 budget and an extra 16 C-130Js for the Air Force, while leaving the service's requests for F-35s and F-15EXs untouched.