McMurdo Station Antarctica: Unites States Navy, 1963. Operation Deep Freeze--Africa to Antarctica Archive of 18 Photographs 1963. United States Navy, H.S. Hemphill. 4 x 5-inch photos, plus pamphlet.
Seventeen black and white photographs. Very good condition. All have full descriptive military annotation on verso with a combination of pasted down annotations and annotations printed on back of photo. Slight curl to all photos. Pamphlet in fine condition.
Operation Deep Freeze was the name coined for the logistical efforts of the United States Navy to keep McMurdo Station in the Antarctica fully supplied. This set of photos documents the first flight from the African Continent to Antarctica, in 1963 as part of the supply chain.
On September 30, 1963, two Lockheed C-130's commanded by Rear Admiral James R. Reedy flew from Cape Town, South Africa, via the South Pole, to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. This trip, over 4,700 miles of flying, crossed much of the Antarctica Continent never before seen and was a logistical challenge for the Navy. Many of these photos describe how the Navy personnel dealt with these challenges. The trip was not without humor. One photo in the collection shows the 3600-gallon auxiliary fuel tank now labeled "Seagram's V.O." That's a lot of whisky!
Included with the set of photos is a U.S. Naval Support Force, Antarctica publication titled, "Antarctic Highlights U.S. Navy Operation Deep Freeze" published in 1969. Item #273