National Geographic : 1957 Jul
© National Geographic Society 24 Kodachromes by Paul A. Siple and (below) David S. Boyer, National Geographic Staff T Globemaster Skims Above the Station. Lumber Splashes Like Bombs in the Snow Two dozen Navy men built the base. In midsummer temperatures that hovered between 5° above zero and 25° below, they erected seven buildings connected by tunnels. Weather permitting, Globemasters flying out of McMurdo made up to four drops daily. Most equipment was parachuted; lumber and a few other items were free-dropped from 100 feet. Tents sheltered builders until prefabricated huts were assembled. - When parachutes failed, cargo "streamed in." Such mishaps became less frequent after an airdrop controller, T/Sgt. Richard J. Patton, parachuted into the camp and directed operations by radio. His jump was the first ever made at the Pole. Here a tractor crew prepares to pull out a load buried 10 feet deep. + Cargo plunges toward the airstrip used by ski planes.