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P-38 Intact...more or less...found on West Wales Beach

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60+ years on and a P-38 has been found intact,on a West Wales beach.....even still contains aviation fuel...

 

link to story and pic here below...

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/1...html#cnnSTCText

 

 

" Members of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery

(Tighar) visited the site in October to carry out a full survey.

 

They say the plane is arguably the oldest surviving aircraft of this

type, and the only P-38 Lightning in its original condition.

 

Lt Robert Elliot Lt Robert Elliot died in North Africa a few months

after the crash

 

Tighar has also trawled through WWII records to discover exactly how

the aircraft came to be on a Gwynedd and beach.

 

The plane was taking part in secret exercises when its engines cut

out.

 

Amazingly, the pilot, Second Lieutenant Robert Elliot, walked away

from the crash uninjured.

 

His nephew, Robert Elliott from Tennessee, recently uncovered details

of the crash after researching his uncle's war diaries.

 

"They were doing aerial gunner exercises and my uncle was towing a

target," said Mr Elliot.

 

"He had been airborne for around 55 minutes when his left engine quit.

He decided to pass back over the fields, drop his target and come into

land.

 

"But as he turned the right engine went."

 

Mr Elliot said a design fault on the plane meant that reserve fuel

lines to the engines failed, but remarkably his uncle walked away from

the crash unscathed.

 

Unfortunately, the pilot was reported missing in action just three

months later just weeks into the American's Tunisia campaign in North

Africa."

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This is going to sound very jerkish (is that even a word?), but I really hope somebody with money takes control of this project so this bird will maybe take back to the skies someday. As happy as I am to at least see a aircraft in a museum, it makes me so much more happier to see an old war bird flying.

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This is going to sound very jerkish (is that even a word?), but I really hope somebody with money takes control of this project so this bird will maybe take back to the skies someday. As happy as I am to at least see a aircraft in a museum, it makes me so much more happier to see an old war bird flying.

 

 

 

I would like to see this gal fly as well. What would they name her though? Glacier Girl got her name via the rescue, maybe Beech Bailer?

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The Dune Dweller? Sandy? Luau Lady? Just Beachy? I dunno.

 

Imagine the beachcomber who found her! what a suprise! burried treasure of the first degree...

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It's Welsh so probably Baa-rbara :tomato:

(jk Russ & others of the Welsh peruasion)

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Wouldn't the salt water corrosion preclude any hope of flying it again? This wasn't at the bottom of a lake or something, this was at the tide line.

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The money necessary to restore it in its condition would be astronomical. But seeing as there are so few P-38s in flying condition, someone may get ambitious. Who knows, maybe a donation fund will be set up?

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If there is still fuel in the tanks, then the corrosion might not be that bad. Even so, did you see the shape Glacier Girl was in when they found her? She didn't look like she could be saved, but she was. As for names, if this P-38 already was named by the pilot prior to the crash, then it should keep it's old name.

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Guest CW2. Wells

The B-25 too. There is a company out of Texas that can restore a B-25 to new. They have enough manufactured parts made for them all they need to build a B-25 is a fuselage. If the demand is high enough the product will produce it's self.

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There are only a few currently flying P-38's around the world. If this P-38 found on Gwynedd beach gets restored, it'll make a fourth, which could also be joined by a fifth in the future.

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