If you're wondering about the cost of this medical evacuation, think high. And then probably think a bit higher. Flying 4,600 miles from Washington State to Antarctica, the C-17 cargo plane dodged ash-clouds and strapped on night-vision goggles to pick up the poorly contractor and drop him off at a hospital in New Zealand.
Presumably New Zealand didn't have any spare helicopters or planes lying about just waiting to make the short hop over to Antarctica, and the Air Force guys were more than ready to flex their muscles and rush to help. What champs. [Pacific Air Forces via Wired]