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A Flight Of Six

By William Turner

Some people will travel just about anywhere. With that thought in mind, an businessman and brainstormer organized the world’s first charter flight over the Antarctic on Feb 13, 1877. As he was looking at a map one morning, this active 33 year old electronic executive thought to himself why a regular plane cannot accomplish a trip to Antarctica that returns to on the same day.

Realizing that was one of the few developed countries capable of such a flight, he telephoned’s premier flag carrier to charter a 707 in November of 1976. In the beginning they thought that everything was a pawn. Not only did it not sound like a good financial move but the carrier has not also been presented with such a request in the past. Soon after, his determination and seriousness were enough to change the mind of the charter manager.

At first, passengers weren’t exactly fighting for tickets. The first few weeks led to a passenger list with only six people for the charter. Soon after, word was running on the streets and a story was published in a paper. When the article appeared, his switchboard was jammed with people wanting to make reservations. And within four hours, they had enough people to fill a 707. Their passenger list after one day could fill up as much as three 707s.

When the turnout bewildered him, he contacted the airline for two additional 747s. Such a request was not taken seriously at first. In the end, they got a jumbo for the trip instead.

It has been said by the airline spokesman that the best months to view Antarctica is during the summertime in the Southern Hemisphere running from November through February because of the clear weather. In this case there is no guarantee when it comes to viewing conditions and visibility is always on a risk basis. For him there is no need for any other safety precautions. As said by the superintendent of’s major airline, the flight had a regular, everyday pattern.

Flying the first ever flight from his country’s flag carrier to South America does not change the fact that this trip is rather dissimilar for this 22 year veteran. Even if he agreed to it, he was unsure of what he would see. For him, it was nothing but vastness that was clean and pure. Several shades of blue from pale to indigo and the whitest of all that is white caught his eye.

You could say that it was to die for. He did not want to miss a thing and what he felt was nothing but pure joy.

When window seats were assigned to passengers, they had to occasionally swap seats. A computer system has been employed to designate the viewing interval. The flight pattern takes into account maximum viewing potential from both sides of the aircraft. Other things that they did not fail to consider included penetration over all varieties of the Antarctic scenery like mountains, ice plateaus, glaciers, and coastline not to mention taking account of the best possible views regardless of how extreme the weather conditions could be.

For the area to be flown over it would take about 12 1/2 hours. When not flying over the Antarctic, time is taken up with diversions such as guest lectures, movies, and games. Aside from full course meals is customary cabin service with this airline.

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MLA Style Citation:
Turner, William "A Flight Of Six." A Flight Of Six. 8 Jul. 2010. 3 Mar 2016 <>.

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Turner, W (2010, July 8). A Flight Of Six. Retrieved March 3, 2016, from

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Turner, William "A Flight Of Six"

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