China identifies site for heavy duty Antarctic airstrip
China is looking to build its first permanent airfield in Antarctica, which will serve the five stations it has on the continent. Such a strip will allow the PLA’s largest planes to take off and land without modifications. The new strip is based on “blue ice,” areas where there is a hard surface and no net loss or gain of snow, rather than snow-based runways that require special ski landing equipment not usable by the largest cargo planes in use. Other countries currently have 8 blue ice runways in the Antarctic.