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Old Apr 26, 2012, 01:43 AM
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It will be a shame if they find out the crates and protections placed on the planes didn't quite work as planned, and all they end up with is a bunch of rusted out rotten airframes Fingers crossed that doesn't happen and they are still in relatively good condition after being buried for almost 70 years.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 04:05 AM
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Have they been found ?
Why no pictures at all ?
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 04:05 AM
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 06:13 AM
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Have they been found ?
Why no pictures at all ?
They have been found from what I read and I think the reason for no pictures yet is because they dont want to give the location away and also I think I read there is a crew from a tv network doing a doco on the find and they probably have paid for the rights to all camera footage of the site/find.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 09:52 AM
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From what I was able to read on another site, the planes were never unpacked and were buried still wrapped, fully greased, waxed, ready for shipping. I don't know if anyone here has experience with the packing procedures involved in those days but it sounds like if the crates are in good shape (i.e. not all crushed from the pressure of the soil buried on top), they should be in good shape. Fingers crossed
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 04:00 PM
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Guess this is what aspitfire crate looks like...
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Anybody care to bet the chances that when they dig down to a crate , there will be a sign saying , "open other end"


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Old Apr 26, 2012, 05:10 PM
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Hopefully the moisture has not gotten to them.In any case though,they will most likely need a total restoration.Spitfires use magnesium alloy rivets,in aluminum alloy skin.They were never expected to be around this long.Basically what this would probably mean is that every rivet would have to be replaced,and there might be some dissimilar metal corrosion.Of course,with all the components there,the restore would be simpler(not easy).
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 06:18 PM
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For those that were interested in the P40 that was found in the desert, check out these photos.
http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNe...iscovered.aspx
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 07:02 PM
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Thanks Michael.Good site to follow.To me anyway this is at least as interesting as the spitfires.A time capsule from 1942!
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 07:54 PM
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Anyone know if there are plans to salvage that P-40? Its pretty beat up, but would probably make a good start for a restoration due the ultra dry enviroment that its been in.
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 08:19 PM
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That was a rough piece of desert he set that down on.
It would make a nice Museum piece as is.
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Old Apr 28, 2012, 07:07 PM
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Anybody care to bet the chances that when they dig down to a crate , there will be a sign saying , "open other end"


or....Made in China.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 07:59 PM
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More news, they have been found, but may not be recovered as the search team turn on each other due to money:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/w...-in-Burma.html
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