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Old 04-16-2012, 01:48 PM
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I posted this in the full-scale forum, but thought the general populace would be interested:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_11044613/tm.htm
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Wow!!! [X(][X(][X(]
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Wow, what a find. Does anyone know if the Spitfires with the 2,035HP Griffon engines were as fast as the Mustangs?

I have also read more than once that a whole squadron of P38s was abandoned in the ice in Greenland or Iceland and are pretty much perfectly preserved because of the cold. Has anyone else heard that?
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The P-38s have been located and at least one of them has been recovered. I think that there is a Liberator there, too.

They are about 100 down, embedded in the ice of a glacier. Squashed.

IIRC, they were on a ferry flight and forced-landed after running out of fuel.

Somewhere, there is a TV documentary explaining the recovery process. In essence, a vertical shaft was created by melting the ice.

Interesting story and a remarkable achievement ... though I can't really see the fascination with rebuilding old warplanes.
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ORIGINAL: eddieC

I posted this in the full-scale forum, but thought the general populace would be interested:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_11044613/tm.htm

Buried still in the shipping crates with all the preservative packing materials. Wow, just wow!

Wish I could afford one!
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Check out www.rcuniverse.com/forum/FB.asp?m=11045685 I hope I got it right.
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I was surprised to hear over the news that the spits were discovered. What a find. There are hardly any flying spits left so it would be good to try and get full recovery (Don't know if this is possible).
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Hope to see some photos soon of this spectacular treasure!
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The P38 's where part of a squadron of aircraft ferrying over to the UK when they were caught in an arctic storm, the whole flight were forced down on a glacier on Greenland. The
story has been told in the book The Lost Squadron, there were B17's and P38's in the flight to date as far as I know only one plane has been recovered and rebuilt Glacier Girl is it's
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The P38 's where part of a squadron of aircraft ferrying over to the UK
I read that they ran out of fuel due to being misguided by signals from a German U-boat.
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Being an avid Glacier Girl P-38 fan and having read "The Lost Squadron", I have never run across anything other than bad weather and poor visibility for that mission scrub.

I would be highly interested in your source and possibly add some more knowledge to my information curve.
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Swede5,

PM sent. I believe it was in a book I had read.

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