Fresh food, science equipment, medical supplies and machinery are winging their way to Antarctica today on the first cargo flight of the summer season.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s C-17A Globemaster III took off from Hobart airport this morning, carrying almost 18000 kilograms of cargo destined for Australia’s Casey research station.

The plane will fly 3500 kilometre south to land on a 3.5 kilometre long glacial runway at Wilkins Aerodrome and deliver goods to Australia’s expeditioners.