Postal History Gallery of Related Events
The Navy Landed Aircraft on
Ice Floes to Conduct Studies
Ice Island T3
ice island, now known to be a segment of a glacier from Ellesmere
Island, was sighted by weather reconnaissance planes in 1946
and designated as target T3.
It was selected as a scientific base in 1952. The initial base
was established on March 19, 1952.
mile wide island was initially supplied from Thule AFB until
it drifted out of range in late 1959. Alaskan bases continued
Commercial Aviation Over the Pole
research led to a commercial air route over the pole pioneered
by the Scandinavian Air System in 1952. The flight from Los Angeles
- Edmonton - Thule - Copenhagen carried special cacheted covers
addressed to the airline that were given to interested parties
after the flight.
pieces courtesy of George Hall)