|What about the rest of the P-38s and B-17s in the ice cap? Are there plans to retrieve any more?
This has been a very popular question lately. Currently there are five P-38s and two B-17s still trapped approximately 268 feet below the ice. The Lost SquadronMuseum and Glacier Girl Project staff currently have no intentions of going back for any more of the planes. Bob Cardin has stated that there are (now) two primary reasons why not:
The risk versus the rewards is too high. The Greenland ice cap is a very harsh climate, and the possibility of one or more persons losing their life on another recovery mission has to be considered. It’s simply not worth the risk.
There’s not enough funding. There are not many groups or organizations that would even be willing to fund such a project. The Glacier Girl Recovery was largely privately financed. Had it not been for the contributions of Roy Shoffner and other individuals, Glacier Girl would still be buried in the ice cap with her companions.
This doesn’t mean that the other planes will never be recovered. Anyone can petition Greenland for the recovery rights, and if funding for it can be found, the rest of the planes may be recovered some day. There are currently two groups interested in such a mission, but no serious moves have yet been made. The other thing to consider is the amount of damage to the aircraft and the expense of restoring them. The longer the planes are trapped in the ice, the more damage is done to them. Considering that Glacier Girl had broken parts down to the main spar, the other planes may not be worth restoring by the time they are recovered. Finding parts for them may also be a problem, considering the difficulties encountered in restoring Glacier Girl. She still only has one set of tires and no replacements.
Why was a P-38 recovered instead of a B-17?
How much did it cost overall to recover and restore Glacier Girl?
Is there any kind of guess on how close the other planes might have been to Glacier Girl?
Are the P-38 artifacts (hoses, pieces of stamped aluminum skin) for sale in the gift shop genuine?
Who was the pilot of Glacier Girl during World War II?
What are the plans for Glacier Girl now that restoration is complete?
Why was the Restoration based in Middlesboro Kentucky ?
Will Glacier Girl be appearing at an airshow local to me?
How long did the Recovery Mission last?
Can you give me some specifications of the P-38, such as wingspan, speed, etc.?
Wingspan – 52 ft. Height – 12 ft. 10 in. Length – 37 ft. 10 in. Engine size – (2) Allison V-1710-49/53 Vee rated at 1325 hp each Top speed – 395 mph
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