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P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:15 pm

Sixty-five years after it ran out of gas and crash-landed on a beach in Wales, an American P-38 fighter plane has emerged from the surf and sand where it lay buried — a World War II relic long forgotten by the U.S. government and unknown to the British public.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311724,00.html

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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:06 pm

I don't think that one will be another 'Glacier Girl'...
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:53 pm

At least it is intact just for the historical context of it, sitting of the shore of Wales since 43 I will not be supprised if it just starts to crumble exposed to all that cold salt water.
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:14 pm

Pretty cool story! ...I sure would like to see that.
 
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:46 pm

Seeing this story reminds of "Glacier Girl" and her traveling sisters. Anyone with deep pockets, and desiring a P-38 knows there are 3 other P-38s (and 2 B-17s) still buried in the area where Glacier Girl was discovered. Even after all these years after WWII, it never ceases to amaze what wrecks are still out there waiting to be found.
Hopefully the Wales P-38 will be dug-out, given alot of TLC and put in a museum.
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:36 am



Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 4):
Hopefully the Wales P-38 will be dug-out, given alot of TLC and put in a museum.

""Hopefully it will fly"" ...My understanding is that these days some restoration teams are virtually rebuilding WWII fighters from their data plates. And they have especially high value if they have flown combat missions as this one apparently has.
 
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:14 pm

Photo of the P38 ...now referred to as "Maid of Harlech" semi submerged on a Welsh beach is on :-
http://www.tighar.org/Projects/P38/welshphoto.htm
 
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:24 pm

Just a wee bit corroded...a Glacier Girl she is not.
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:08 am

Anyone heard if they retrieved this P38 yet ???
 
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:52 pm



Quoting Ferrypilot (Reply 5):
Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 4):
Hopefully the Wales P-38 will be dug-out, given alot of TLC and put in a museum.

""Hopefully it will fly"" ...My understanding is that these days some restoration teams are virtually rebuilding WWII fighters from their data plates. And they have especially high value if they have flown combat missions as this one apparently has.

from the one picture I have scene of the P-38 half buried in the sand and salt water, it is unlikely she will ever fly again. She will be very corroded once she is removed from the salt water. She may have to sit submerged in a tank of fresh water for years just to leash the salt out of the metal parts.
 
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RE: P-38 Lightning Found In Wales

Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:25 pm



Quoting N74JW (Reply 1):
don't think that one will be another 'Glacier Girl'...

I saw Glacier Girl yesterday at the Mather (Sacramento) Air show. She flew a beautiful demonstration flight.

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