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VX-6 Puckered Penguins 'Pegasus' 1965 C-121J Model
Fly with the VX-6 Puckered Penguins 'Pegasus' with 1965 livery in this
handcrafted C-121J model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to
provide a piece you'll love.

Length -16 inches

Wingspan -18 inches

Air Development Squadron Six (VX-6 or AIRDEVRON SIX, commonly referred to by
its nickname, "puckered penguins") was a United States Navy Air Development
Squadron based at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Established at Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Maryland on 17 January 1955, the squadron's mission was to
conduct operations in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the operational
component of the United States Antarctic Program.

Using the tail code XD, the squadron flew numerous fixed-wing aircraft and
helicopters over the course of its existence—many of which were pioneering
endeavors. For example, the first air link between Antarctica and New Zealand
was established by men and aircraft of VX-6 in 1955. The following year, a
ski-equipped R4D Dakota of VX-6 became the first aircraft to land at the South
Pole. In 1961, the first emergency midwinter medical evacuation flight was
conducted from Byrd Station to Christchurch. In 1963, an LC-130F Hercules of
VX-6 made the longest flight in Antarctic history. In 1967, a United States
Navy LC-130F of VX-6 completed the first scheduled winter flight to Antarctica,
landing at Williams Field.

VX-6 changed the tail code of its aircraft to JD in 1957, and was redesignated
as Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) on 1 January 1969. Over the first
14-years of its existence during the time it was designated VX-6, seventeen
sailors and marines assigned died in Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze
missions.

History
VX-6 traces its roots to Operation Highjump (1946–1947), the fourth Antarctic
expedition conducted by United States Navy Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd.
That expedition set out in December 1946 to conduct an extensive aerial survey
of Antarctica, using Martin PBM Mariners based in the pack ice of the Ross Sea,
as well as land-based R4D Dakotas (Dakota, from the acronym "DACoTA" for
Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft,[16] was the designation used by
the United States Navy to refer to the Douglas C-47 Skytrain). By the time
Operation Highjump was concluded in late February 1947, the team had mapped
about 5,500 miles (8,900 km) of coastline and 1,500,000 square miles (3,900,000
km2) of the interior of the continent.

VX-6 was one of six air development squadrons formed by the United States Navy
beginning in 1946 to develop and evaluate aircraft tactics and techniques.
These squadrons were initially directed by the Operational Development Force,
which was redesignated in May 1959 as the Operational Test and Evaluation Force
(OPTEVFOR). These six squadrons were initially designated as VX-1 (tail code
XA), VX-2 (tail code XB), VX-3 (tail code XC), VX-4 (tail code XF), VX-5 (tail
code XE) and VX-6 (tail code XD). On 1 January 1969, the surviving Air
Development Squadrons (VX-1, VX-4, VX-5 and VX-6) became Air Test and
Evaluation Squadrons. Their designations were changed to VXE-1, VXE-4, VXE-5
and VXE-6. Their tail codes of these squadrons were changed to JA, JF, JE and
JD, respectively.

Operation Deep Freeze I and II
Air Development Squadron Six (VX-6) was formally established on 17 January
1955 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The squadron's mission was
to conduct aviation operations in support of United States Department of
Defense responsibilities in connection with the United States Antarctic
Program. On 1 February, Task Force 43 was activated to plan Antarctic
operations scheduled to begin in the fall under the code name Operation Deep
Freeze, with Captain George J. Dufek as commanding officer. Dufek would remain
as commanding officer through Operation Deep Freeze IV, which concluded in
1959. The mission of Task Force 43 was to provide all the logistical support
necessary for the successful U.S. participation in the upcoming International
Geophysical Year (1957–8). More specifically, this meant that Task Force 43 was
responsible for the construction of airstrips and iceports and the
establishment of bases on Antarctica that would enable scientists to conduct
geophysical studies upon that continent. On 14 November, the flagship of the
recently promoted RADM Dufek, Commander Task Force 43, steamed from Naval
Station Norfolk, Virginia to rendezvous in New Zealand with other ships of the
task force for the onward voyage to Antarctica.

VX-6 made its first deployment at that time as part of Task Force 43 (the
logistics arm of Operation Deep Freeze). That first season, VX-6 completed nine
long-range exploratory flights. The squadron also transported people and
materials necessary for the construction of Little America Base Camp, the Naval
Air Operations Facility on Hut Point Peninsula (Ross Island), the first South
Pole Station (now referred to a
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