This morning Ann distributed 90g of food for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This 90g equates to just under 1000 calories each per day. Morale is, understandably, quite low. The team are hungry, lethargic, excruciatingly bored but buoyed by the likelihood of the resupply arriving today.
Kenn Borek Air are fitting the Twin Otter with ‘Ferry Tanks’. ‘Ferry Tanks’ are additional fuel tanks that are fitted within the aircraft and can significantly increase the aircraft’s range. This will seriously improve the options open to us as it removes the need to refuel halfway over the ocean. This option does make landing on the ice more difficult and also means that the aircraft cannot carry any personnel, other than the pilots.
An airdrop is not ideal. Typically, only the items that are a) essential for survival and and b) sturdy enough to survive the impact of a 200ft drop can be pushed out of the plane. Ian Wesley, part of the Catlin Arctic Survey support team (currently based in Resolute) will have selected items that are suitable for the airdrop. Food and cooking fuel will be the predominant items.
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