A Most Excellent Adventure
Kiruna, Sweden
January-March 2000

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C-141 Arrival

When we deploy the ER-2 into a remote location like Kiruna, Sweden, we generally contract with the military to provide a transport plane to ship all of the support equipment and transport some of the support personnel.  The C-141 is usually faster than commercial flights because it fly's directly to the remote site.  However, due to several delays, the C-141 did not arrive in Kiruna until Saturday night, 15 January 2000 after being in transit for several days.  The experimenters were in amazingly good spirits when they arrived and were greeted heartily by those of us who had been awaiting them.  Pictures A through F show their arrival.


The C-141 aircraft is capable of carrying a cargo load of 65,000 pounds.  The equipment is strapped onto pallets that measure approximately 8 feet by 8 feet by 8 feet.  We had 9 such pallets.  When the C-141 arrived, the large forklift, shown in pictures A through C, is used to download these pallets from the airplane.  With everyone helping, a pallet is quickly disassembled as depicted in pictures D through H.