|Hagglund 007, also called Moonraker, parked near the wind turbines between McMurdo and Scott Base.|
At first I saw the Hagglund as one of the least appealing looking vehicles around. I saw it as a pretty boring box with tracks. Unfortunately, sometimes it is hard to be happy with what you have, but I had always wanted to drive all the other types of vehicles that were cruising around town and out on the sea ice.
After a full summer of driving the Hagglund a few times a week, it quickly grew on me. After driving them all around McMurdo Sound and Ross Island I learned about all the gnarly terrain that these vehicles can cover. They are supposed to be able to traverse a 30 degree slope before they flip over, but the pucker factor starts just after 10 degrees. They are also supposed to be amphibious, but the bilge pumps in ours don't work and it really wouldn't make that much of a difference anyway because none of the doors fully seal. Back on that topic of always wanting more: the Kiwi Hagglund has all of it's working parts AND they have carpeted ceiling!
|Hagglund 007 during SAR training on the McMurdo Ice Shelf during a mid-day sunset.|
They Hagglund was put into production in 1980 after a couple of prototypes were tested. This might explain why it looks like a box with a set of tracks. They are used all over the world primarily for military, search and rescue and firefighting use. But they seem to be becoming more popular as a recreational vehicle. If you are so inclined you can purchase one here.
During the second medevac this winter the crew from the C-17 took more photos of the Hagglund than anything else at the airfield--granted it was dark and there wasn't much else to see. I've definitely come to love the Hagglund over the last eight months down here. One of my favorite parts about the Hagglund is sitting in the backseat with a pair of earmuffs (since the engine is right in the center between the seats) and being lulled to sleep by the