New Station aerial galleries
Yes, I've missed a couple of years of these, but here's a fresh batch
of aerial photos of the station from this past summer 2016-17!
2013-14 saw the earliest opening flight in history, as well as further explosive demolition of Old Pole...neither of these events are obvious from the aerial photos...but things did happen, and several of the summer camp Jamesways were made to go away. Have a look!
The 2012-13 season was a bit quieter for a number
of reasons...fewer USAP folks, as well as many
fewer tourists than in the previous centennial year.
When the ice crystals settled, here's what the place
looked like at the end of the season.
2011-12 was the centennial year of the arrivals of Amundsen's and Scott's parties, so the tourist
season was much busier than usual. At the end of the summer, after all of the visitors had departed,
the annual series of aerial photographs was taken...seen here.
2010-11 was the first summer since the "official" completion of the new station...so the landscape changes are a bit less obvious. But the snow patterns keep changing, and there are some new and changed features in the dark sector. Here's my January/February 2011 aerial photo set.
Starting with this season, the taking of early season aerial photos was discontinued. But there was a good set taken in February, here is my collection.
Here's the collection of photos from February 2009, after the cladding on the sides of the new station has been completed...and the rest of the collection.
After my third winter, here's a preview of the photos
taken in early November 2008.
The end of January 2008...the newly dedicated station with the USAP
banner and a relocated Ceremonial Pole...and more views.
The end of the 2007 winter, here's the station ready for
more siding (the rest of the October 2007 aerial shots).
Let's start with this great view of the dome...
and the rest of the February 2007 views..
Here's the way the place looked at the beginning of the 2006-07 summer...and more views of Pole from October 2006..
The late season 2005-06 gallery, starting
with this good view of the main station.
October 2005...spring has sprung, and the Twin Otter showed up already to have a low-level look around. Now you can too...here is the rest of the early summer 2005-06 gallery.
The late season 2004-05 gallery--THREE pages of photos from January, starting with this distant view that one would see on the approach from MacTown (well, that is if you were lucky enough to be on the flight deck...)
Early season 2004-05 page...starting with this view of the new station before the last two wings are erected.
Since these galleries relate to the new station and the way the
place looks more recently, I've added a link to the overall site plan from around 2000...I do have newer site plans and station layouts here.
At left is just one of the aerial photos from 2003-04--here's the rest of the gallery from the season when the front line of the elevated station was completely enclosed...
The 2002-03 gallery--two pages of landscape views...the silhouette of the elevated station didn't change much, but there is more than that to see.
2001-02 saw 2 new wings added...
2000-01, the first 2 wings of the elevated station are put up and enclosed.