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Old 11-06-2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Millenium Expedition 2000 - Russian Snow Tube Buggy Trip

About 2.5MB of pictures in this post. Be patiet.

This trip was to Antarctica.

They have to load the buggies up into an airplane:




Unloading:



Pushing it around. Those things sure look bigger with the tires!




Look closely at this shot. It looks like they have 2 link arms and a coil over. It almost looks like a straight axle is inside the container of the rig and connects via CVs to the wheels...any ideas?
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After seeing these tires I think that the 30 splines would get scared and go limp and not go in the housing! I think these tires have rockwells writen all over them!


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Old 11-06-2005, 12:08 AM   #2
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Here are 4 guys lifting it off the sawhorses:


Here is another "good" picture of the suspension/drive:


The milenium...so they party!


Some new people arrive via parachute:


They find an airplane. Maybe on purpose?
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:11 AM   #3
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So they dig an access hole:








It doesn't look like anyone is in the plane. Maybe someone can reasearch that logo and find out about crashed planes? Or I guess it could be a junk plane...


What's this?


Thats right, melting ice with their hot air balloon burner!
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:14 AM   #4
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Broken?




This looks like a home built front knuckle for the front steering part:


They made it to the Americans!


Party!


This buggy drives the tire with one of the links, like a unimog...except the link turns. There is probably a bushing at the end connected to the other link?
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:15 AM   #5
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And at the end they go hot air ballooning:


One more video left...

There are 1 hour 20 minutes in all 3 videos.
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:05 AM   #6
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Pretty cool stuff!!
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:11 PM   #7
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Here's what I could find.

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On January 2, 2000, we traveled in the Snow Bugs to the site of the wreck of the Abortive Norman Vaughn Expedition where due to failed equipment the aircraft wrecked into the ice short of the Blue Ice Runway at Patriot Hills. I received the GPS coordinates from a knowledgeable source and navigated to the site by attaining the longitude line then following it North to the site of the wreck. As we approached, the only visible sign of the aircraft was the top of the horizontal stabilizer barely protruding ominously above the snow.

We calculated the approximate location of the ****pit then dug our way to the the approximate location of the pilot's side windscreen to expose the broken window of the cabin. I made the first penetration into the wreck to find an eerie blue glow within the cabin from the dim light of the sun penetrating the deep snow burying the wreck. The smell of fuel fumes hung everywhere from the still-full fuel drums while we all briefed in both English and Russian "No Smoking". Karen came down inside then turned around just as quickly, "This place is spooky - I've seen enough".

There was still clothing at the navigators station as well as food in the igloo ice chest as if the wreck had just occurred a few days before. The ice invaded everywhere as the light reflected from the ceiling throughout the interior of the aircraft. The only light was that from Boris' video camera that quickly became dim in the -20C temperatures.

The visit lasted nearly one hour. Just before leaving, we all toasted the wreck site in hopes that all expeditions to Antarctica return safely and successfully from the White Continent.
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The DC-6B is N1597F of Allcair Air Transport which hit high ground on approach in bad weather to the ice runway at Patriot Hills on Nov. 26, 1993 while being seven miles of course. It was transporting the Norman Vaughn Expedition led by 88 year old Norman Vaughn to climb Mt. Vaughn; named in his honor. (He was the chief dog musher for Admiral Byrd in 1928.) One of eight people was injured severly; four dogs were also lost in the crash.
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Thats cool! Good stuff Grant!
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Here's what I could find.
Where did you find it? That sounds like it was from the people who made the video?
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I just googled "Allcair". When I spotted a reference to Norman Vaughan, I got this information googling "Allcair Norman". I think it was on the propliners.net forum.
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