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Night vision

Lt. Col. Robert Weichert, a C-17 evaluator pilot with the 313th Airlift Squadron at McChord looks out over the ice after the first-ever night vision-assisted landing on Pegasus Ice Runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica Thursday. Lieutenant Colonel Weichert is part of a crew testing the concept of using night vision technology in combination with reflective cones and limited electrical lighting to land safely on the ice runway after dark. The historic mission was conducted by Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica, headquartered at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and led by the 13th Air Force. The joint task force is currently conducting Operation Deep Freeze in support of the National Science Foundation and U.S. Antarctic Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chris Vadnais)

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