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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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)
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.