Steve Hinton flying P-38 Lightning aircraft 'Glacier Girl' over Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, United States, 21 May 2004

Caption   Steve Hinton flying P-38 Lightning aircraft 'Glacier Girl' over Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, United States, 21 May 2004 ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Aug 2010 12:08:48 PM

'Glacier Girl' Was the only P-38 that salvaged from a group of P-38's on their way to England. The time July 1942, its seven months after Pearl Harbor, American troops, tanks and planes were being shipped across the Atlantic to England. 'The Lost Squadron' A group of B-17 bombers and P-38 fighters took off to fly to England with refuelng stops at Greenland and Iceland. The formation had to stay together, even falling a dozen feet behind the B-17 and the other P-38's a pilot could loose sight and become lost. Low on fuel the group banked 180 degrees and headed back to Greeland, an hour later the planes flew out of the overcast and found themselves over the Atlantic the unforgiving arctic weather could change from clear skies to zero visibility and high winds in minutes to make matters worse,radio transmission and reception were unpredictable and fade-outs common. Another problem was that flying over the northern latitudes made compasses spin erratically the group was lost and low on fuel, and had to make land. The navigators were unsure of their position but by turning back they expected to see Goose Bay any moment. They were flying dead reckoning, while the navigators struggled to establish accurate position, that was impossible with the overcast obscuring the sun, and the clouds below concealed landmarks. To the pilots relief they saw the coastal mountains of Greeland they had to land. One by one the P-38's landed on the ice cap however, one P-38 flapped over, but the pilot was safe. The B-17's flew overhead sending out SOS signals without receiving a reply. 'So Far, So Good' The airmen setup a basecamp and made shelter inside the B-17' rations were pooled and they had enough to last two weeks. 'RESCUED' A PBY Catalina flying boat flew over the camp dropping added supplies, and radioing news that a rescue party was headed their way from a weather station one hundred miles away. The men had to make their way back by dogsled and be picked up by the Coast Guard cutter Northwind. 'THE SEARCH BEGINS' It took years for the expedition to get underway and the equipment needed for such a search. After years of planning the project was moving forward. Al the logistics: locating the planes, fuel, related support materials, supplying food the technology and equipment necessary to sink a shaft and recover the planes. Greenland's winters over the years, had covered them with snow and ice, and buried them 260 feet now all the expedition had to do is recover them. To learn more, read The Lost Squadron, by David Hayes Published by Madison Press Books 40 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario Canada M5R 2S1 IBSN 0-7868-6048-0 'Glacier Girl' would be restored to the same condition it was in, when it left the Lockheed factory in 1942. Total flying time was 50 hours, when she landed on the ice. Restoration started in 1992, and was the only P-38 that was salvaged. This is going to be the finist restoration of any WWII aircraft in the world. In 1944 the US Government paid $97,147 for each P-38. After WWII you could by a war surplus P-38 for $1,200 dollars. Today a P-38 is worth millions and the cost for Glacier Girl on todays market would be in the ten's of millions.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Aug 2010 12:32:14 PM

More about 'Glacier Girl' October 26, 2002 Glacier Girl flew for the firt time in sixty years, a crowd of over 25,000 people traveled from all over to see this P-38F-1-LO take to the sky. Glacier Girl has been sold for $6,000,000 Dollars, and is now based in Texas,USA and has appeared in several air shows around the United States. About half-dozen aircraft remain
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Aug 2010 12:57:07 PM

Did you know that Glacier Girl had 50 hours flying time, she was brand new 62 days old, as were most of the other aircraft,that made the emergency landing on that ice cap in 1942. Where Are They Now: (7) Are airworthy (11) Are on display (8) Being restored (6) Are stored (4) Are wrecked Of Interest: Glacier Girl's mission completed 65 years late. She will leave for England, and be exhibited at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

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