04/14/2005. Remarks by Philo Lund: "The story of Glacier Girl is fascinating, spanning 60 years beginning with the loss of six P-38s and two B-17s on the Greenland icecap and subsequent recovery of the crews, continuing with the much later search for and evaluation of the wrecks in deep ice, and ending with the recovery, restoration and flight of the least damaged machine. Now the Glacier Girl operates out of an especially built hangar at Bell County Airport in Middlesboro, owned by The Lost Squadron Museum.
I have visited the hangar several times and followed some of
the restoration as it progressed. On my first visit only the center
section was sitting on its tri-gear, with engines removed and panels
scattered about on the floor. On my next visit it had its engines
mounted and the booms and tail hooked up. Panels yet had to be built
up and a lot of framing was still visible.
The complete story of Glacier Girl is well told on the official
website and so I recount here just a few facts: USAAF P-38F-1-LO
41-7630 of the 94th Fighter Squadron was only 62 days out of the
factory door when it took its sled ride on June 15, 1942, and had
only 72 hours of flight time logged. Photos taken in 1942 made
determination of the relative positioning and identification of each
machine possible once their location under the ice was discovered,
making it possible for the best candidate for restoration to be
identified and retrieved. Restoration began in 1992, and the first
flight was October 26, 2002. It now will please the crowds at air
shows across the country."