The expedition, led by Jim Salazar and Ken McBride from Arctic Hotpoint Solutions and Fallen American MIA Repatriation Foundation (FAMIARF), just returned from Greenland’s Ice Cap having reached all set targets with success. The targets were to locate P-38 “Echo” dogfighter from Lost Squadron and to test new Drone/GPR research technology to locate airplanes buried under 300 feet or more of ice.
The team worked in two groups – the UAV group started the research with the new technology – a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and drone integrated system to locate the P-38. The acquired data showed anomalies at a depth of around 300 feet.
UAV radar’s contact was confirmed by the ground surveying group. The distance between determined locations of both groups was 10ft.
The Lightning is one from the same group of six P-38’s and two B-17s which got stranded on the ice in Greenland during a WWII ferry operation. As most readers will be aware, a previous team recovered one of these P-38s back in the late 80s, and restored her to flight. We all know that aircraft as Glacier Girl now.
They'll try and get the ice melted and pull it out next year.