The last Air Force C-17 departed the ice at McMurdo Station on March 2, 2012, bringing an end to Operation Deep Freeze's 2011-12 season as summer drew to a close on Antarctica. Several days later, on March 6, 2012, a Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 was the last aircraft to leave, officially closing out the mission supporting US National Science Foundation research on the frozen continent for the summer field season. Here, penguins approach a ski-equipped LC-130 of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing at McMurdo Station as personnel unload supplies from the aircraft.
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