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July 15, 2019 - by Miquel Ros for cnn.com
In Greek mythology, the phoenix was a bird that, after death, rose from its own ashes, ready to fly again. Elleston Trevor referenced this in his 1964 novel, which was later brought to the film, "The Flight of the Phoenix".
It's the story of an air crew that, after crash-landing in the Sahara Desert, manages to repair their aircraft and fly to safety.
The "Flight of the Phoenix" may have been fiction, but in the real world, aircraft have, on rare occasions, managed to make unlikely, almost miraculous, comebacks.
The extreme climatic conditions of some of the world's most inhospitable places may have actually helped preserve the airframes in such a way that they could be salvaged and made airworthy again, sometimes even decades after they crash-landed.
These are the real phoenixes of modern aviation, reborn not from smoldering ashes but from frigid ice.
Juliet Delta 321
The rough and versatile C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft (or to be more exact, its ski-fitted version, the Lockheed LC-130) is used by the US Antarctic Program to ferry supplies to its string of bases across Antarctica, an unforgiving continent permanently buried by a sheet of ice averaging at least one mile thick.
On December 4, 1971 one such airplane, call sign Juliet Delta 321, left on what was to be an unexpectedly long sortie.On that fateful day, after resupplying a scientific expedition...