THE OVERSEAS FLIGHTS
2001, 27 January
MEDIVAC EMERGENCY FLIGHT FROM SOUTH POLE TO CHRISTCHURCHThis flight was made by a ski-equipped USAF Hercules aircraft to bring Thomas O Wotnitza to hospital for treatment. Covers have South Pole Station cachet on reverse and arrival datestamp on front of APO AP 96531, Christchurch.
2001, 26 April
MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO & RETURNThis flight was made by an RNZAF Hercules. Covers were datestamped at the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch.
2001, 19 November
SAFEAIR SUPPORT FLIGHT FROM CHRISTCHURCH TO ANTARCTICA
FOR ITALIAN RESEARCH PROGRAMME
2003, 17 January
MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT FROM MCMURDO TO CHRISTCHURCHCovers were postmarked at McMurdo Station on 17 Jan and have a Christchurch Mail Center arrival datestamp of 22 Jan.
2003, 18 October
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1953 LONDON-CHRISTCHURCH AIR RACE42nd Day of Aerophilately, Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Specially printed commemorative covers were datestamped with a special postmark for this anniversary at an aerophilatelic exhibition held there.
2004, 13 April
MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO & RETURNThis flight was made by USAF C141 Starlifter. Covers were datestamped with the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch postmark.
2004, 27 December
RUSSIAN ILYUSHIN 76 FLIGHT FROM CHRISTCHURCH TO ANTARCTICAA small number of airmail postcards were signed by the Russian flight crew and flown to McMurdo Station. Some were datestamped at the American APO in Christchurch, some with the Christchurch NZ cds and others with the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch postmark.
RUSSIAN FLIGHTS FROM SOUTH POLE-MCMURDO-CHRISTCHURCHPost cards were datestamped at the South Pole APO AP 96598 on 5th Jan and flown to McMurdo by an Antonov-3t, from where they were flown to Christchurch on board the Ilyushin 76. A backstamp from McMurdo is dated 12 Jan.
2005, 3 February
LAST FLIGHT OF C141 STARLIFTER CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDOSome airmail postcards, with a photo of the first Starlifter landing in the Antarctic in 1966, were datestamped at the USAF APO 96531 on 3 Feb and flown by an US Air Force Starlifter.
2006, 16 January
FIRST ANTARCTIC LANDING BY ORIONA P3-L Orion NMO 621 piloted by Capt S Nielson landed on the Pegasus Ice Runway. Some of the commemorative covers were prepared and are datestamped at the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch on 18 Jan.
2006, 31 October
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST AIRCRAFT LANDING AT THE SOUTH POLE - 31 OCTOBER 1956A US Navy R4D-5 Skytrain plane (a version of the Douglas DC3) named "Que Sera Sera" flew Admiral George Dufek to the South Pole on 31 October 1956. Some by Air Classique commemorative postcards were postmarked at the USAF APO 96598 South Pole Station on 31 Oct 2006. Some postcards were franked with a Zazzle.com personalized postage stamp featuring a photo of the Que Sera Sera at the South Pole.
AIRBUS TEST FLIGHTS TO ANTARCTICAIn November an Airbus A319LR made a number of flights from Christchurch to McMurdo and landed on the white ice runway at the Pegasus airfield. Various covers and cards exist datestamped at Hobart. Christchurch and McMurdo on various dates from 14 to 22 November.
2007, 17 December
GLOBEMASTER EXPERIMENTAL AIRDROP AT SOUTH POLEThe USAF sent a Globemaster from Christchurch to the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station to make a drop. Covers exist datestamped at NZ Post, Lyttleton and US APO CHC.
FIRST SPRING FLIGHT TO ANTARCTICAA USAF C17 Globemaster made this flight and carried cards datestamped at Christchurch 4-5 September.
FIRST NIGHT VISION FLIGHT TO ANTARCTICAA C17 Globemaster made this medical emergency flight from Christchurch to McMurdo and covers exist datestamped at McMurdo Station 12 Sep.