Twenty iconic Spitfire aircraft buried in Burma during the Second World War are to be repatriated to Britain after an intervention by David Cameron.
The Prime Minister secured a historic deal that will see the fighter aircraft dug up and shipped back to the UK almost 67 years after they were hidden more than 40-feet below ground amid fears of a Japanese occupation. . .The plight of the buried aircraft came to Mr Cameron’s attention at the behest of a farmer from Scunthorpe, North Lincs, who is responsible for locating them at a former RAF base using radar imaging technology.David Cundall, 62, spent 15 years doggedly searching for the planes, an exercise that involved 12 trips to Burma and cost him more than £130,000.
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And he's back with a vengeance .
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I was reminded of Flying to Pieces by Dean Ing, a fictional story about an attempt to find and recover a group of Japanese WWII airplanes. When I read it I was struck by the incredible value of such planes in today's market.
Ing is also known for a number of post collapse novels with a strong survivalist theme.
Neat story, but perhaps *not* the best use of the British taxpayers' money.
Be intersting to see how those aircraft have fared.
That's long term arms storage.
My Dad worked on Spitfires. As a former Aviator, I'm impressed. As a 600 hour Pilot made broke and ruined by Cubicle Dwelling Suction Vortex Psychopath Lamprey Traitor False Canuck Lawyerly Pirates, I'm Distressed. The Party's over, Drop a Bunker Buster on that Soured Site, for all I care.
Well,you know what they say- if its time to bury 'em,its time to actually USE 'em..........
Incredible is right. They can get entire aircraft returned but we can't even get Garands returned.
I would give my left arm to be able to find that many p-38 Lightenings and of course get one.
Now if we could just get our Garands back from Korea, it would make a real nice story. Oh, I forgot that historical M1 Garands are the choice weapon of city youth gangs across the country. Silly me.....
while the p-51 was the best fighter plane to wear a propeller the spit fire was the most beautiful of all fighters until the f-22 came along.they both were powered by the engine that won the war that is the rolls royce merlin v12 supercharged power plant as was the mighty avro lancaster 4 engine bomber.
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