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MesaBoog2
04-17-2004, 10:20 AM
It was titled "the Hunt for the Lost Squadron". It was a documentary on the expedition to rescue a Squadron of P-38's and B-17's that were forced to make belly landings on a Greenland glacier in 1941. The Squadron was located 200 feet below the surface and more than 1 mile from where they had landed almost 40 years earlier. It took 10 years to finally get one plane up and another 10 years to restore it to factory condition. It was named the Glacier Girl and flew beautifully in 2002. It took millions of dollars many years, and a lot of blood sweat and tears to make it happen. There are still another 5-6 planes 200 feet below the ice in Greenland waiting to be rescued.

I had never heard about this and just happened across it channel surfing this morning. Quite a story and a beautiful piece of history and machinery.

Keep an eye out for it on the History channel, they are bound to repeat it.

MesaBoog2
04-17-2004, 10:20 AM
It was titled "the Hunt for the Lost Squadron". It was a documentary on the expedition to rescue a Squadron of P-38's and B-17's that were forced to make belly landings on a Greenland glacier in 1941. The Squadron was located 200 feet below the surface and more than 1 mile from where they had landed almost 40 years earlier. It took 10 years to finally get one plane up and another 10 years to restore it to factory condition. It was named the Glacier Girl and flew beautifully in 2002. It took millions of dollars many years, and a lot of blood sweat and tears to make it happen. There are still another 5-6 planes 200 feet below the ice in Greenland waiting to be rescued.

I had never heard about this and just happened across it channel surfing this morning. Quite a story and a beautiful piece of history and machinery.

Keep an eye out for it on the History channel, they are bound to repeat it.

_VR_ScorpionWorm
04-17-2004, 10:37 AM
AAAHHH yes, you beat me too it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. I caught that episode too. At the end I was sure it was going to fly....but something unaware caught me...as that beautiful bird lifted off the tarmac, in a beautiful take-off, I couldnt help but shed a few tears...

It was a very touching moment to see a P-38 pulled from a glacier and made airworthy again so that she can be put back in the sky were she belongs....

"We went like this, He went like that, I said to Hollywood 'Where'd he go?', Hollywood said, 'Where'd WHO go'-TOPGUN

Monty_Thrud
04-17-2004, 10:53 AM
I'm sure ive seen a similar story about a B17(or maybe B25..memory fade)in similar type conditions..they had a certain time to complete before the winter would stop them..anyway to cut a long story short..one of the main engineering crew became extremely ill so they had to rush the project...on the take off run the petrol tank came loose and caught fire all those months wasted and watching this beautiful original ww2 bird go up in smoke..i think i shed a tear...what these men must have shed god knows.

http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gifGood to hear about the hunt for the lost squadron though, what i would give to see a P38 in flight...sadly i dont have sky tv http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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ASM 1
04-17-2004, 10:58 AM
Saw this on Channel 5 (IIRC) in the UK a few months ago - my fave bit other than the bird flying again (which was well cool in itself) http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif was when they brought one of the cannons up from under all that ice with live ammo! - "Wonder if this still works?" and lined it up against an empty oilcan - BOOM! - no oilcan ! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/784.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/784.gif

Seriously, realy enjoyed the documentary esp when the plane flew, felt for the ttwo guys who started the project with their own money but had to sell up as it became too much for them, but it was good they were there to see it fly.

cheers

Andrew

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