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Where are these Igy style sno cats now? Someone needs to get one of these in their collection.
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Sunday Dec. 31 at 9:00a.m. pst on the travel channel (channel 277 direct tv) is an interesting show on Shackleton's try to cross Antarctica ( Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition). He never set foot on the continent but had a heck of a time getting home. There are photos and film from the expedition Dec 1914 to May 1916. Worth looking at.
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Thanks for the post Mr. 4 track. How about we put the footage in this thread. I believe there are more videos of this trip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA4p...ature=youtu.be
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Here is part 1 of 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ-HmwXBF84
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Part 2 of 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yRJB5nAhvE
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Part 3 of 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XASJLKoYyk0&t=23s
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Part 4 of 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e58Ct84GJLw
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Part 5 of 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkq7DNCly58&t=33s
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Here is a photo of TAE Sno-Cat Able after TAE and before "restoration" for the museum in New Zealand.
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THE PASSING OF A LEGEND.

David L. Pratt passed away peacefully at his home in London March 13 2019. He is best remembered by the Sno-Cat community for his selection of the Model 743 Tucker Sno-Cat for use in the first crossing of Antarctica by the Commonwealth Trans Antarctic Expedition in 1957-58. He modified four Sno-Cats which were the only machines which made the full crossing. And he modified several other makes, a Muskeg tractor, several Weasels, and Ferguson tractors.Those who attended the first Cat's Meow at Timberline Lodge got to see Rock & Roll, the flagship of TAE which was modified by David. David was the master mind behind retrieving the cats from collapsed crevasses. Thirteen times. David and his other engineer, Roy Homard, overhauled engines, gearboxes, and completed all the repairs to keep the machinery moving at temperatures of -40 F and below.

David also was a tank commander at Normandy WWII. He flew for the Royal Air Force as well. He was asked by the RAF to fly their flag on his machine during the crossing. He drove Sno-Cat "Able" , door code "A". You can identify his cat in the photos by the RAF blue flag with circles.


After CTAE, David developed infrastructure in many third world countries which changed their standard of living.

This is David in both photos assessing and implementing Sno-Cat retrieval.
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Sno-Drifter,

Thanks for posting that. Mr. Pratt was a fine example of what Tom Brokaw fittingly called "The Greatest Generation". I wish I had met him. I'm certain he had many great life experiences to share...

BTW, if any forum members haven't read it, Mr. Brokaw's book is an excellent read.
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