Share
A- A A+

Article from:

Creation  Volume 26Issue 1 Cover

Creation 26(1):20–21
December 2003

Free Email News
Creation magazine print - 1 yr new subn


US $25.00
View Item
The Creation Answers Book
by Various

US $14.00
View Item

Ice-bound plane flies again!

‘Glacier Girl’ reminds us that it doesn’t take millions of years to form deep layers of ice

by

Our mid-1997 article, The lost squadron,1 told the amazing story of a squadron of American fighters and bombers forcibly abandoned on a Greenland glacier on 15 July 1942.

Some 50 years later, an expedition was launched to locate these (now rare) aircraft. It was stated that after scraping a small buildup of ice from their wings, the planes could simply be refuelled and ‘flown into the sunset’.2

This made sense, considering that most people have the impression that it takes thousands of years to build up icesheets that are hundreds of metres thick.

Depth of ice covering plan

An astonishing amount of ice covered the aircraft after less than 50 years.

Rapid events

‘The fork-tailed devil’ was how Nazi pilots described the Lockheed P-38 fighter plane during WWII. The amazing story of the recovery of these famous aircraft has highlighted one of the greatest fallacies of our age.

Lockheed P-38 ‘Lightning’

Length: 11.53 m (37’ 10”)
Wingspan: 15.85 m (52.0’)
Gross weight: 6,950 kg (15,340 lb.)
Max. ceiling: 13,411 m (44,000’)
Max. range: 4,184 km (2,600 mi.)
Powerplants: 2 x V12 Allison (V-1710-27/29) engines
Horsepower (each): 1,150
Max. speed: 636 km/h (395 mph)
Production: 1939–1945
Manufactured: 9,923
Cost: $115,000 (1945)

But after several frustrating failures to find the fighters, they turned out to be buried deep beneath some 75 metres (250 feet) of solid ice. This ice, as high as a 26-storey building, had built up on top of the squadron from the normal snowfall in the region, in those 50 years.3 (Ice ‘flow’ had also moved the aircraft some five kilometres—three miles—horizontally.)

With great effort and expense, and using specially invented machinery to melt down to the planes’ icy tomb, one of the Lockheed P-38 fighters was eventually recovered. Despite its having been more badly damaged by the weight of the ice than first thought, enthusiastic restoration went ahead.4 In mid-2003, six years after our article appeared, the appropriately-dubbed ‘Glacier Girl’ took to the air again, for the first time in nearly 60 years.

The fascinating news that one of these magnificent ‘planes in ice’ is actually flying again brings to mind their whole amazing story. It is a powerful, real-life testimony against the widespread belief that it takes vast timespans to lay down thick layers of ice.

This belief is in any case not the result of any stringent scientific logic so much as cultural indoctrination into the ‘slow-and-gradual’ philosophy that has set itself up in opposition to the straightforward chronology of the Bible. Every time we hear of ‘Glacier Girl’ appearing at another airshow, it can remind us of the stark facts her reappearance has demonstrated.

Related Articles

References and notes

  1. Wieland, C., The lost squadron, Creation 19(3):10–14, 1997. Return to text.
  2. The most expected was about 10 m (30 ft). Return to text.
  3. To preempt another round of correspondence: planes will not sink through solid ice, which in any case would result in the wings sinking at a different rate and thus shearing off. This ice definitely ‘packed on top’ of these planes—see Would planes sink into ice? Creation 19(4):29, 1997. Return to text.
  4. Despite the damage, the majority of the parts used are original. Return to text.

Long before this site existed, many millions searched on the word “creation”. When they do that now they will get to know this site exists and read the evidence that God is Creator. Help reach millions. Support this site

Copied to clipboard
539
Product added to cart.
Click store to checkout.
In your shopping cart

Remove All Products in Cart
Go to store and Checkout
Go to store
Total price does not include shipping costs. Prices subject to change in accordance with your country’s store.