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BALISAGE AU GROËNLAND (Buyoage in Greenland)

Paul-Émile VICTOR
Version : French
Duration : 10'
Format : 35 mm. - 16 mm. - Béta Digit. - Mpeg4
Producer : ARMOR Films - Fred ORAIN
Country France
With Paul-Émile VICTOR
Music Jacques DE LA CROIX
Picture Donato BOTTIGLIONE
Stage set Greenland
With the participation of Expéditions Polaires Françaises
Archive footage - Landing of a Nord-Atlas 2501 in Greenland,
- Assembly of an Alouette 2 helicopter in Greenland,
- Crew in polar clothing,
- Flying over a caribou herd fleeing through the brush,
- Helicopter flying over a glacier with crevasses,
- Winching a man out of the snow,
- Beaconing by gauging and kern construction,
- Snow removal from runways and aircraft,
- Overflight of snowy areas and glaciers,
- Aeroplane refuelling and drum dropping.

For the exploration of the Greenlandic massif, the autochenille was the only alternative to the traditional dog sled until recently. The plane could not land on the frozen ground, and flying over the icy solitudes allowed only very superficial exploration. The helicopter changed all that thanks to its qualities of flexibility, stability in flight and, above all, resistance to the cold, which made it the indispensable complement to the plane. Brought in by the latter, the helicopter, assembled in a few hours, carries out missions that would have required several weeks in an autochenille: locating passages, choosing the location of camps, transporting personnel and various links. Only its limited flight autonomy requires frequent refuelling, which is carried out by the aircraft at agreed points.