2003 Dayton - National Aviation Heritage Invitational

Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy
Grand Champion
Lockheed P-38F
Owned by: J. Roy Shoffner of Middlesboro, Kentucky
The Lockheed P-38F was considered the most authentic and historically accurate aircraft. The aircraft was aptly named "Glacier Girl" after its recovery from inside 268 feet of glacier in Greenland in 1992. The recovery mission took more than 14 weeks to complete. It took more than ten years to restore Glacier Girl, which utilized nearly 80% of the original parts, to airworthy condition. Glacier Girl is unique, as the only P-38 recovered out of six P-38s, along with two B-17 Flying Fortress bombers, which still remain within the Greenland glacier. The aircraft is part of "The Lost Squadron" of 1942, which was forced to crash land on an ice cap during an Artic blizzard - known as the largest forced landing in history.
Paul E. Garber Trophy
Classic Aircraft
Lockheed Electra 12A
Owned by: Kent and Sandy Blankenburg of Groveland, California
Orville and Wilbur Wright Trophy
Antique Aircraft
KR-21 Challenger
Owned by: Jack G. Tiffany, Vi Blowers and Dr. Herbert Ware of Spring Valley, Ohio
Henry "Hap" Arnold Trophy
Military Aircraft
North American P-51D Mustang
Owned by: Ken Wagnon, Wichita, Kansas
Robert Arnold, the grandson of Hap Arnold, presented the Henry "Hap" Arnold Trophy for the warbird category to Mike VadeBonCoeur, the pilot of "Cripes A'Mighty", a North American P-51D Mustang, on behalf of the owner - Ken Wagnon, Wichita, Kansas.
National Aviation Hall of Fame
People's Choice
Lockheed P-38F
Owned by: J. Roy Shoffner of Middlesboro, Kentucky
Glacier Girl also won the People's Choice award, top choice of the public in attendance at the 2003 Dayton Air Show.
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