National Geographic : 1935 Oct
©Byrd Antarctic Expedition IT TOOK A WEEK TO DIG THE GIANT "WILLIAM HORLICK" OUT OF THISSNOW HANGAR When winter night ended flying, the aviators lowered the Condor, its upper wing level with the surface, into a deep, T-shaped pit and stretched tarpaulins across it. During blizzards snow drifted over and around the plane, making a snug ice cave in which the crew worked on the engines and gear during the long, dark months. On the return of the sun, all hands dug long inclined trenches down to the skis, and cleared ramps for the wings. Several times heavy winds blew fresh snow into the excavation, and the work had to be done again. When all was ready, two tractors pulled on a towline, and the big shipclimbed from itsberth.