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Red Fleet
08-DEC-2011

Red Fleet

Greenland Contractors are the main support industry at Thule Air Base. Everywhere are their red vehicles; from pickups, to vans, to mini-bus taxis to garbage collection. We even used their vehicles to go between the radar site and the Inn.
In a place so isolated and extreme, the keys are left in them at all times and if not plugged in (with a system much more robust than the US/Canadian simple block/battery/pan heater system) they are left running - on JP8 - jet fuel which is formulated with icing inhibitor, corrosion inhibitors, lubricants, and antistatic agents.

(After thought - apparently red wasn't the original colour; accident statistics might have had a input in changing the scheme.)


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Milan Vogrin30-Jul-2012 17:37
Nice photo.
pkocinski21-Dec-2011 23:52
Cool info and a great shot! Can't imagine leaving the keys in a vehicle down here in the USA :-)
Jean Chiasson21-Dec-2011 22:29
Beautiful night shot vatorman vote
larose forest photos21-Dec-2011 22:25
Interesting information! The red certainly brightens up the winter season, but I am sure that is not why it was chosen! A terrific image. V
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