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TIGER in Antarctica, November 21, 2003
Williams (Willy) Field
Looking at Mount Erebus from Willy Field
Coming up to Williams (Willy) field, there is this Welcome Sign. Williams Field was named after Navy Machinist Mate Warren Williams, who lost his life out here when his bulldozer crashed through the ice.
In this picture, just to the right of the bulldozer, is the top of the Pig Barn. At about 40 feet high, it is mostly below the level of the ice shelf now. The Weatherport that we are working in is just on the near side of the Pig Barn in this picture, but being only about 20 feet high, is completely below ground level (you can't see the dug out crater that lets us get to the Pig Barn and Weatherport).
Welcome Sign at Willy Field
The back side of the Willy Field Welcome sign has this warning. Practical jokes and signs are quite common down here (as is true anywhere there are smart, bored people). The road to Willy also has had a Kangaroo Crossing sign (although I think it's gone now). I suspect that one was due to our Campaign Manager from the National Scientific Balloon Facility, David Sullivan, who's an Aussie.
Dr. Eric R. Christian
NASA HQ Code SS
Washington, DC 20546 USA
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