Glacier Girl on Display at Lone Star Flight Museum, Special Event January 11

The most famous flying Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Lewis Air Legends’ Glacier Girl, is on museum display for the first time at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, Texas.

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By Zac Yates

The most famous flying Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Lewis Air LegendsGlacier Girl, is on museum display for the first time at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, Texas.

One of six Lightnings and two Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses that force-landed in Greenland in 1942, P-38F 41-7630 was painstakingly recovered from under 268ft of ice and restored to airworthiness over a ten year period at Middlesboro, Kentucky. Nicknamed Glacier Girl and registered N17630 the aircraft flew again with Steve Hinton at the controls on October 26, 2002.

The summer of 1992 marked GES’ monumental recovery of the vintage Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Glacier Girl, buried 265 feet below the Greenland ice cap for 50 years.

Acquired by Rod Lewis for his collection in 2006, Glacier Girl has made several airshow appearances over the past few years but has never before been on public display in a museum. However, for the next few months, the iconic aircraft will be on show at the LSFM.

The LSFM said there will be “special presentations, cockpit peeks and more centered around this iconic aircraft”, the first of which will take place on January 11 from 5.30 pm-8.30 pm. Bob Cardin, project manager of the team responsible for Glacier Girl’s recovery and supervisor of the disassembly and restoration, will be giving a talk at the museum about the aircraft’s extraordinary history.

Tickets are $40 per person ($30 for LSFM Members) and include light food and drinks. For more information and to buy tickets visit lonestarflight.org/glaciergirl.

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