History was made when an Airbus A340 landed for the first time on Antarctica.
Wolf’s Fang is a new project by White Desert, a high-end Antarctica tourism company. Wolf’s Fang commissioned the plane as part of a new upscale adventure camp on the southernmost continent.
Hi Fly, the company behind the flight, specialises in wet leases. Hi Fly 801 took off from Cape Town, South Africa before it landed on Antarctica.
Although there are more than 50 runways on Antarctica, an Airbus A340 has never landed there before. Because most people arrive per ship, seeing a plane this big land there was dramatic
CNN Travel reports that the first recorded flight to Antarctica was a Lockheed Vega 1 monoplane in 1928, piloted by George Hubert Wilkins, an Australian military pilot and explorer. He took off from Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands. The project was funded by William Randolph Hearst, the wealthy American publishing tycoon.
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