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#262247 12-Jan-2020 20:07
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We'll be travelling through Christchurch airport soon, and wondered if there was anywhere that showed scheduled departure times of some of the Antarctic flights? Keen to see something a bit different take-off.

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  #2390698 12-Jan-2020 20:07
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  #2390722 12-Jan-2020 21:50
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Check this out:

It would be working asking this on there, or PM'ing one of the mods if it would be ok?


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  #2390752 13-Jan-2020 00:41
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They're fairly sporadic. And as far as I know no set schedule. And don't like giving hints as to when being military and all :/


At present we are mid-season, so the LC130s are doing runs back and forth as staff/freight calls. Given the 24hr daylight it's luck of the draw. I was out there yesterday and lucky enough to catch 2 of them returning back from the ice, one was about 1620, and the other just on 9pm


Today at 1400 a separate one has gone back


When the C17s are in and doing runs, we've worked out they tend to do a couple of locked in days during the week, and a 12hr turnaround. Often trying to get out by lunchtime so they are back about 2300-0100. Do narrows down the chance of catching them between 9-2. That is of course weather dependent (and none are in at present)


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  #2390757 13-Jan-2020 07:02
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Thanks for the info, I had overlooked the military aspect of this, makes sense.

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  #2390790 13-Jan-2020 09:04
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My wife is involved with the antarctic flights and even THEY don't know when they're coming or going half the time.  While they have a basic plan, it changes by the hour based on weather on the ice, what and who needs to be moved, pilot flying hours, mechanical or other delays, and a myriad of other factors.  If they're going they try to get away early/mid mornings, and returns come in during the late afternoon, evening, or the early hours of the morning.

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