Saturday, August 03, 2013

Derek Scholte's cool race car art made from found objects and flea market stuff

thanks to Jeru, who let me know about his friend's great art!

 all found on and posted here with the artists permission, but there are more on his site, and they can be bought!

Glacier Girl, a P-38 of the "Lost Squadron" found 200 plus feet below the ice in Greenland

the Lost Squadron - two World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers and six Lockheed P-38 Lightnings.

The squadron was forced to land on the Greenland ice cap on July 15, 1942 after hours of flying in bad weather and running low on fuel. Epps' adventure began as a lark when he was admiring a customer's new Learjet and the customer responded, "What I really want is a P-38". Epps certainly knew where six P-38 Lightnings were located so he joined forces with a friend and two airline pilots who already had the search and salvage rights from the Danish government.

The following story, originally published in the January 1993 issue of Air & Space/ Smithsonian,recounts adventures during the second leg of the journey, a 22-year slog through recovery and restoration that couldn’t have been completed without the ingenuity, stamina, and fortune of a Roy Shoffner, a Kentucky businessman, named the P-38 “Glacier Girl” and began to plan the completion of its mission.

Fifty years later, in 1992, the plane was brought to the surface by members of the Greenland Expedition Society after years of searching and excavation. The aircraft was eventually transported to Middlesboro, Kentucky, where it was restored to flying condition. The excavation of Glacier Girl was documented in an episode of The History Channel's "Mega Movers" series, titled "Extreme Aircraft Recovery".
On 22 June 2007 Glacier Girl departed Teterboro AirportNew Jersey in an attempt to fly across the Atlantic Ocean to DuxfordEngland to complete the flight it had begun sixty-five years earlier. On 28 June, however, a coolant leak in the #2 (right) engine grounded the plane in Goose BayLabrador.
On July 22 2007 repairs were completed in Labrador, which included installation of two re-manufactured Allison engines. Glacier Girl returned to the U.S. on July 23, and can now be seen at air shows in the USA.
In 2007 Glacier Girl was sold to Lewis Energy's CEO, Rodney Lewis.

the cargo version of the B-29, the C-97

the San Diego Air and Space Museum at the Gillespie Field annex (next to the Atlas Missile)

how they talked the military into donating to the museum such a variety is amazing

so tiny it fits on a pallet!

recreation of the speed of sound breaking aircraft Bell X1 getting body and paint

fairgrounds rides Stinson

a Willys 1/4 ton

The Ryan X13

one of the guys at the museum said this was early 1910s, and mostly original

connections between early vehicles and aircraft, multiple innovators used a variety of car and motorcycle parts to power early aircaft

1958 home made helicopter with a Triumph engine

1925 Henderson/Indian engine with a Ford Model T front wheel spindle used as prop shaft

and a engine from McCulloch for a target drone project. McCulloch supercharger and Magneto

all found at the San Diego Air and Space Museum  loacation at the Santee airstrip at Gillespie Field