Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Spitfires By The Case

Wow, 20 Spitfire aircraft, new in their crates, have been discovered buried in Burma:

Foxnews: Dogfight over buried WWII Spitfires in Burma

After a 15-year treasure hunt, a farmer and aviation enthusiast struck gold, uncovering as many as 20 World War II-era Spitfire planes buried in Burma at the end of World War II -- a find he may lose to the British Donald Trump.

In April FoxNews.com reported the discovery of the priceless booty, a squadron of the legendary planes perfectly preserved in the chests they were shipped halfway around the world in. They were waxed, wrapped in greased paper and tarred to protect against the elements. They were then buried in their shipping crates, rather than let them fall into enemy hands.

The long-lost planes were discovered after a $200,000 quest by aviation enthusiast David Cundall.

Quite the World War 2 aviation discovery.

If all 20 Spitfires can be returned to air worthy condition, that would increase the number of airworthy examples remaining by 50%, which gives you idea of how few of these old warhorses remain of the 20,334 originally produced.

Here's an XIV being put through its paces:

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