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24 pristine Spitfires unearthed in Myanmar (Burma)

keithh Plus
13 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Jan 2013 2:48PM
LOL. Priceless. Grin

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brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 3:18PM
Didn't one of the Top Gear team build a full sized plastic model of the Spit? (or is my mind drifting into fairyland - again? Tongue )
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 3:27PM
James May built one as part of his 'Toy Stories' series.
8 Jan 2013 3:34PM
Excellent news! There's a photographic project for someone
Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 4:14PM
If they find any crates at all and open the first one - sure as eggs are eggs inside will be a note, No not from Liam Byrne!!!!! one that says "Kilroy was here".
KevSB 13 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 5:04PM
wow that article was written in april and the team only left this week to try and find them, so a report that they have been found made me laugh as its 6 months before they started searching. There was hundreds beried across the world including the uk with american planes, some under housing estates now. After the war they had no value and shipping them home was pointless.
I hope they do find them but anything speculation about condition is just that Speculation.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 5:12PM
From other reports, three teams have been searching for 15 or more years with each team searching their own preferred site. Since they found the crate and put the remote cam down there they have been negotiating with the Burmese Government for the rights to the aircraft (apparently the Burmese government get a few of them). As a result the guy in the headlines has been given rights to all three suspect sites.
Although the reports seem confusing, it seems they are finally travelling out to recover one of the crates and see if it is what they think (hope) it is.
KevSB 13 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 5:22PM
Not seen any reports about this anywhere, only two days ago the team was flying out with no mention of any other teams searching http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20925300 and there belived to be over 120 over the country, the goverment of burma is taking a 40 per cent split
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 5:49PM

Quote:In all three groups have been given permission to look for the planes, but only Mr Cundall - who eventually located the planes using ground penetrating radar equipment - was able to find anything.

After being led to the area by an eye-witness, the farmer's team dug a borehole and sent a camera down to capture footage of the crates, which were found to be in 'really good condition'.

Mr Cundall has now been given exclusive rights to all three sites under investigation in Burma.

There are also rumours of a further 200 buried similarly in Queensland but no-one has found those yet.
KevSB 13 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 8:16PM
Thanks mike, must admit I'm very confused by all the reports, I've been following this and until I read this I was under the impression that no searches had been made as yet, and none had been found and the latest reports from the BBc state that but that report in November indicates the searches started before .
So very confused by the differing reports
Gudgeon 10 128 England
8 Jan 2013 11:14PM
I first heard about it when Mr Cundall was interviewed on Radio 4 a few months ago. He said at the time that they had initially been searching the wrong end of the runway because there had been confusion from a witness who had mixed up north and south.
He said that a team from a British university (Leeds I think) had taken some specialist equipment across and had scanned the ground and identified a number of buried masses believed to be the crates where the Spitfires were expected to have been buried (based on the updated evidence). He said at the time that they were due to head out there in January to start to excavate.
Here's hoping eh! Smile
chris.maddock 16 3.7k United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 1:30PM
The BBC has an article abouit the located crate now;

Not sure I like the sound of it being filled with muddy water, I'm not convinced that equates to "but I do expect all aircraft to be in very good condition". Sounds like a recipe for a nasty case of corrosion to me Sad
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
9 Jan 2013 1:38PM
The fuselage is duralumin. I have no idea how that would stand up to muddy water.
chris.maddock 16 3.7k United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 2:16PM
Corrodes fairly easily I think - probably depends what's dissolved in the water, acid or alkaline.
KevSB 13 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 6:09PM
As it says, no spitfires found

Altho it seems we may have found some in birmingham , as another eye witness has said he saw them buried

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