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April 14, 2003 at 11:04 am #189willKeymasterApril 16, 2003 at 1:22 am #1633thepooles98Keymaster
I think all of the photo’s listed on the Pegasus page are mine, so go ahead and use them freely on your site. You may have heard that we’ve gone out twice this winter to visit the plane. Last week week I brought out a group to try and uncover the nose art of the winged horse and the name “Pegasus” on the left side fuselage. It took us 3 hours to uncover both. It was solid ice up to the cockpit windows and we had to use a chainsaw and pickaxe to slowly chip it out. We got the photo’s which I’ll share here as soon as I get some time to update them. We were able to clear out a little snow inside the cockpit by way of a broken window. If anyone ever had the idea that they might like to dig it out, forget it . It is solid ice from floor to the level of the window. By the way from the amount of ice I would guess that we are probably the first people to see the artwork in a very long time. Anyone else out there know the last time the nose art was exposed?
mike in mcmurdoJuly 10, 2003 at 9:42 pm #1634Retcapo01Member
Mike, the Pegasus is still recoverable unless there is a lot of crushing damage to the buried fuselage. Even then it could be rebuilt. I watched a fascinating documentary recently about the recovery of the Lost Squadron of US planes that had to land and be abandoned in Iceland during early WWII. The planes had drifted with the glacier for the last 50+ years and were encased in ice at 250 feet. The recovery team devised a hot water jet system to actually go down an free one plane, bring it up in and enlarged hole through solid ice, rebuild it and actually fly it. This took a lot of time and money of course but if you can get to the Pegasus nose it sounds like a much easier project. Do you know who currently has rights to the Pegasus?
BillJuly 12, 2003 at 1:04 pm #1635thepooles98Keymaster
Bill I don’t know who has rights. I would try writing to the National Science Foundation or possibly the US Navy who I think flew the airplane. After the crash it was stripped of everything valuable. I’ve heard stories of a science group a couple of years ago stripping off one of the vertical stabilizers, which may be why there are only two left.
As far as getting it out the big problem would be getting down here. It’s not something you can do on your own very easy. Pretty much I think it would have to be a funded trip through the NSF to even come down. Let me know what you find out.
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