Glacier Girl: It wasn’t meant to be
Yesterday, it was announced that Glacier Girl will not complete the trip to England. Operation Bolero II continues, however, as Ed Shipley continues the flight in the P-51 Mustang, Miss Velma. Glacier Girl is parked in Goose Bay awaiting an engine replacement by her dedicated and skilled crew. The people at Airshowbuzz.com have been fantastic in covering the whole flight and keeping us informed. I’m sure they are disappointed, but I like what Shipley told someone over the phone, which was related in one of the posts: Glacier Girl still has history to make!
The story of Glacier Girl is already remarkable. The initial mission that failed on the ice, being buried in the ice for 50 odd years, the recovery from the ice, the restoration, appearances at various airshows, and then this attempt at the original mission again. Simply remarkable.
Everyone involved in this plane’s history deserves a standing ovation. There has been a lot of money spent to keep her flying, but I think the most important investment that needs to be recognized is the time and effort that has gone into her recovery, restoration and maintenance.
Keep an eye on the link blog (link is in the right column). I’ll share any news stories or blog posts related to Glacier Girl as they appear.