National Geographic : 1957 Sep
341 Kodachrome by David S. Boyer, National Geographic Staff Red Trail Flags Edging the Strip Guide Pilots Through a Sea of Frozen Whitecaps Navy and Air Force transports flew into Antarctica via Honolulu, Canton Island, Fiji, and New Zealand. This was the only airfield on which the big planes could touch down once they passed the point of no return on the 2,400-mile flight from New Zealand. Sometimes they landed in near-zero visibility, with peaks of the Royal Society Range (background) obscured by blinding storms. Bay ice is 14 feet thick, frosted with ridges of bulldozed snow.