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Ice worms get some eyeball bombing at lonely ice bland ALPHA TWO, Arctic Ocean (AP) — The Air Force did a bit of 'eyeball bombing" to 'ice worms" Tuesday. The payload was vital initial equipment for Project Ice Skate — radio-equipped weasels, dismantled dismantled housing, food. The 'ice worms" were men like Maj. Kenneth Cairns of Moses Lake, Wash.; Capt. James Smith of Lawton, Okla., and Dr. Max Brewer, a scientist from Palo Alto, Calif. All earned their "ice worm" monicker through years of experience with arctic conditions. Ice Skate is a mission devoted to scientific research on a tiny block of ice, three miles long, two miles wide. Smith, Cairns and Brewer, along with other scientists and Air Force personnel, will live on it from time to time. It is only 900 miles south of the North Pole. Two huge C124 Globemasters, each carrying 11 tons of equipment, equipment, were Tuesday bombers. They will be going on a two-a-day Schedule until Sunday, weather permitting. VISUAL DROPPING ' The pilots, Maj. Harrison T. Blakey of Donners Grove, 111., and It. Col: Burgess Cradwell of Oneida, Oneida, N.Y., were the bombardiers. Their technique: 'eyeballing" or visual dropping. Col, John M. Hutchison, boss of their 62nd Troop Carrier Wing; was along. The men did their outfit, from Moses Lake, proud. Only two gas heaters were lost when , their chutes failed to open. The rest of the 22 tons floated to their target. Unsung heroes in the operation were airmen like S. Sgts. Jack Parsons, 26, of Clinton, N. C., and Rufus Bigford, 26, of Fayetteville, N. C., and Sgt. Don Vowell, 24, ., .the,;, jelf-proclairhed 'Okie Kid" from Nqrman, Okla. Parsons and Bigford are drop- masters, responsible for packaging packaging and rigging the parachutes. Vowell is the loadmaster. When the first 3,100-pound weasel weasel dropped through the rear drop doors, a seven-pound shackle failed to go'out. It started banging banging against the side of the plane. The men knew it could knock a hole in tlte draft. Y Bigford grabbed a huge bag, leaned over and tried to kick loose the shackle. The attitude Was 1,500 feet. He was holding onto a rail with one' hand. The temperature inside the plane was at least 20 below. •"• '••''" ' > ' v ' FROSTED EAR Failing with the bag, Bigford grabbed a broom. That worked. Vowell and Parsons assisted in the operation. 'The two worked with speed and efficiency on the other three loads. Bigford wound up with a frostbitten ear. "Shecleared.. .good shot," was the cry when the loads went out. They lost one heater, .the other plane the second. Parsons and • Bigford are in the 1710th Aerial Port Squadron stationed, stationed, at Donaldson Air Force Base, Greenville, S. C. The outfit is a select group with the sole mission mission of "rigging, lashing, loading, ejecting" cargo. Last year they were at the South Pole, this year almost at the North Pole. , Before, dropping the weasel, Vowell Vowell scribbled a note and taped it on. r ; . .'•'••' •'.','.';' ".',• „• '•• .-••• 'Here it : is, Major Cairns," the . note .read, "Right ,on time, drop- master YowelU Okie Kid." Cairns' got the. weasel but not the note. It was torn off by the wind when the drop door 'opened. CHERRY BLOSSOM DUE OLYMPIAfAP) -Chiiriry Blossom Blossom Lane on the state capital grounds should be bursting with blooms' by' Sunday or. Monday if the weather warms up, A; E. Hart, rchief : gardener, predicted Wednesday.:: ., --.;•• ' The spring Blosspinittg/of ttie pink Japanese .cherry blossoms annually; attract hundreds of camera camera fans and tourists. '; '. .• Britain's petrochemicals industry industry is second only to that of the United : States;: ' < v . MORE MEAT .

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  1. Port Angeles Evening News,
  2. 16 Apr 1959, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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