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Rescue at the top of the world

from Skies Magazine

No permanent human settlement sits farther north on this planet than Canadian Forces Station Alert. At 82 degrees 30 minutes north and 62 degrees 19 minutes west, it is located 817 kilometres from the geographic North Pole on the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island and spends six months of the year in twilight and darkness. The only means of supply to this remote location is by aircraft. Weekly flights bring in fresh food, newspapers and mail. Twice a year, the Royal Canadian Air Force undertakes Operation Boxtop, a major airlift of non-perishable supplies supplementing the weekly trips. more


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