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  Saturday, July 30, 2005

It was raining last night when we went to bed, but this morning the rain had stopped and the weather looked perfect for flying out of Kangerlussuaq. Last night we placed our luggage in the computer room of the KISS building. At 5:30 a.m. it was loaded onto a luggage pallet and taken out to the plane we would be flying on. Our plane would be the first to leave, then the other two LC-130�s carrying cargo and Air National Guard personnel would leave at about 50-minute intervals. We were up at 6 a.m., took showers and had a light breakfast that was laid out for us in the KISS building lounge. We also made sandwiches to eat during the trip back to New York. Around 7:30 a.m., we boarded a bus that took us to the plane parked on the tarmac. We boarded immediately, and squeezed into our seats. There were 44 passengers on this flight, so space was tight. The plane took off at 8:15 a.m. � next stop New York. The flight was uneventful, with people catching naps, reading, and working on laptops. Six hours later we landed at Stratton Air National Guard base in New York. The local time was 12:15 p.m., and after getting off the plane, we boarded a bus that took us to the aerial port on the base where an immigration agent and a customs agent were waiting to look at our passports and ask us the usual questions about what we were bringing back into the country. Everything went smoothly for the PRISM team members, and 20 minutes later we were ready to take a taxi to the Albany airport. Torry called the airline and found that there was room for six people on the 4:06 pm flight to Detroit and then the connecting flight to Kansas City. David already had a reservation on a different airline for 5:30 pm. We jumped in taxis and were at the Albany airport by 2 p.m. After checking in and checking our luggage, we were ready for the last leg of a very long trip and day from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Lawrence, Kansas.

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