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dc.contributorBelanger, Dian Olson, 1941-en_US
dc.creatorWard, Edward M., 1918-2004en_US
dc.identifierRecord Group Number: 56.192en_US
dc.descriptionThe Antarctic Deep Freeze oral history project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and supported by the Antarctic Deep Freeze Association. The original paper copies and unaltered tapes have been deposited in the library of the National Science Foundation.en_US
dc.description.abstractEd Ward's north polar flying experience brought him to Admiral Dufek's attention when the latter began organizing Operation Deep Freeze in October 1954. He became its first staff member and the acting commanding officer of the Antarctic air squadron VX-6, which he had less than a year to organize, staff, and equip with suitable, available aircraft. In Deep Freeze II, now executive officer of VX-6, he flew an R5D from New Zealand to McMurdo on 17 October 1956, landing after a harrowing fourteen-hour flight just minutes after the fatal crash of a P2V. He flew seven long-range photo missions over Antarctica, and after deterioration of the ice runway forced the wheeled R5D to return to Christchurch, he made similar but shorter-range reconnaissance flights in a ski-equipped Otter. He recalled the beauty of the polar continent, the difficulties of polar flying-the lack of normal navigational aids, whiteout conditions, radio blackouts, fierce and changeable weather.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundationen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAntarctic Deep Freeze Associationen_US
dc.publisherByrd Polar Research Center Archival Programen_US
dc.relation.isformatof2 audio tapes available in the OSU Archivesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAntarctic Deep Freeze Oral History Projecten_US
dc.rightsRestrictions: This item is not restricted.en_US
dc.subject.lcshOperation Deep Freezeen_US
dc.subject.lcshNaval aviation -- Interviewsen_US
dc.subject.lcshAir pilots -- Interviewsen_US
dc.subject.lcshArctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviewsen_US
dc.subject.lcshPolar regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviewsen_US
dc.subject.lcshAntarctica -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviewsen_US
dc.subject.otherWard, Edward M., 1918-2004 -- Interviewsen_US
dc.titleInterview of Edward M. Ward by Dian O. Belangeren_US

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