The aircraft is an EADS CASA 212-400 operated for the Australian Antarctic Program from 2004 to 2011. It's been phased out for a longer range aircraft to suit changing logistic demands.
The image is taken whilst I was flying its sister ship with the window open. We are 6000 feet over the Antarctic plateau at dusk.
They are ferried south from Hobart, Australia to the ice, a non stop distance of 1450nm, taking around 11.5 hours. They were long flights..... These days I fly the top one (A319LR) to and from Antarctica, so a much more pleasant 4.5 hours! And the food is better.
Dan, Thanks very much for the information on the Casa 212. I knew that I recognized it but couldn't come up with the type.
I'm really fascinated with the Antarctic. My son has been there twice as a deck officer on US Coast Guard icebreakers. One year he flew out of McMurdo to New Zealand due to an assignment change.
I had the pleasure of a career in aviation as a business jet and charter aircraft pilot and manager. I have flown to all continents except Antarctica as pilot in command of Falcon and Gulfstream business jets.
It sounds like you have a very demanding but adventuresome job!
Ken Mizzou PJ '66 US Army Photographer and Instructor '67-'69
The Antarctic is a fabulous place. It's a real privilege to fly around in, especially at low level. I've spend the best part of 12 months combined flying there over several years and it doesn't lose its appeal.
Here's one of my favourite shots. A real fluke that it ended up so good.
We were flying back in company, when I saw an ice cliff to the right of our track. I handed control to my F/O, leaned forward and shot this view across the cockpit between him and the control column, through the F/O's closed window. Postprocessing, I just pulled in a tiny bit of contrast to counter the slight washout caused by the closed window. D200, 70-300 (not VR) F11@1/500 sec. ev-.33 ISO100.