- 14-04-2012, 04:20 #1
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The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly
I know it's the mail, but could prove interesting.
The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly | Mail Online
- 14-04-2012, 09:15 #2
I wonder how the metals have dealt with the humidity over the years. Anybody have an idea if the Spitfires would have been professionally "mothballed" in 1945, with grease etc.?
- 14-04-2012, 09:21 #3
- 14-04-2012, 09:30 #4
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How many did they manage to dig up then?
- 14-04-2012, 10:23 #5
IMHO anything buried in the jungle will have since turned to worm food after all this time. I promise to be truely estatic if intact wooden crates are dug up complete with brand new Spitfires inside.
This reminds me of that documentary on the telly a few years ago. A group of Americans went up to the artic to recover ditched WW2 fighters/bombers, they naturally believed that the frozen environment had preserved the planes. Expecting to sweep the snow off fill the fuel tanks and then fly the planes back. The aircraft were discovered to have sunk under the ice to over a 100 feet. After a multi million pound effort bits a P38 Lightning were recovered the rest were crushed beyond safe recovery.
What chance of worthwhile recovery from the jungle?
- 14-04-2012, 10:30 #6
The feckin' Argies will accuse us of preparing for war now.
- 14-04-2012, 10:32 #7
None as yet
BBC News, Spitfires in Burma 'could be found'
British and Burmese authorities could work together to find 20 Spitfires buried in Burma at the end of the World War II, officials say.
The case of the missing planes was raised when PM David Cameron met Burmese President Thein Sein.
A Downing Street source said it was "hoped this will be an opportunity to work with the reforming Burmese government".
The exact location of the planes is unknown.
The planes were buried in 1945 by the RAF amid fears that they could either be used or destroyed by Japanese forces, but in the intervening years they have not been located.
The Spitfire is arguably the most important plane in the history of aviation”
At the time they were unused, still in crates, and yet to be assembled.
BBC News - Spitfires in Burma 'could be found'
- 14-04-2012, 10:42 #8
I would imagine that a lot of effort will go into finding and rebuilding these ones. There was/is much debate as to what constitutes the difference between a replica and a restoration in warbird circles. These would be restorations, with all the kudos and value that goes with that tag.
Strange that this should feature on the same news prog that mentioned the collapse of the wine as investment market, anyone want to buy a new Spitfire, one owner, low mileage, going cheap?
- 14-04-2012, 11:01 #9
Good luck to them, but I doubt they are going to find anything other than aluminium oxide dust. IIRC it was SOP to run trucks or bulldozers over aircraft scrap, just in order to compact it for convenient burying....
- 14-04-2012, 11:03 #10
I wonder if the rules of supply and demand will effect the prices. An extra 20 flying Spitfires is a big percentage increase in supply.
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