A restored World War II P-38 Lightning fighter took to the skies today for the first ime in 60 years. The plane, dubbed "Glacier Girl," was among a flight of six fighters and two bombers that were forced to crash-land on a Greenland glacier on July 15, 1942. A team of rescuers on dogsleds saved all the flight's crew, at least one of whom was on hand to witness today's flight. Over the years the abandoned planes were buried under tons of snow and ice, but Glacier Girl was recovered in 1992 and restored in a ten-year project. Awesome.
(via Ipse Dixit and MetaFilter)
In related news, legendary pilot Chuck Yeager, the first to break the sound barrier, duplicated his feat once again at the controls of an F-15 Eagle fighter. Yeager is 79.