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The Crashed and Abandoned C-121 Lockheed Constellation ‘Pegasus’ in Antarctica

September 1, 2013

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The wreck and abandoned carcass of the Lockheed Constellation plane ‘Pegasus” resides in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

On October 8, 1970, the Lockheed Constellation ‘Pegasus’ crashed, due to very low visibility landing conditions. Nobody was hurt or wounded except for the propeller driven airliner built by the Lockheed Corporation. This aircraft was 1 in 856 and powered by 4 18-cylinder radial Wright R-3350 engines and distinguished by a triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. This type of plane was the presidential aircraft for U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The ice landing strip was then named Pegasus White Ice Runway, and the landing field, Pegasus Field, in honour of the aircraft.

The Pegasus remains there to this day, buried beneath snow and residing alone in this Antarctic Sound. The Lockheed Constellation does get many visitors for a plane in the Antarctic and often gets parts of it dug out for pictures. There are photographs that display the flying orange Pegasus that is detailed on the side of the aircraft, but it must be dug out to be seen.

Where is the Wreck Pegasus Lockheed Constellation located? This Constellation can be viewed with these coordinates. -77.966442,166.428258.

Images 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic, images were under this license September 1st, 2013. Images 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 by Eli Duke. Image 3 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic, this image was under this license September 1st, 2013. Image 3 by Cedartree_13

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