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Old Jan 05, 2013, 06:12 AM
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The Spitfire Hunt continues..


Looks like they are off to find them...

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/experts-fly...6.html#hkmrU2T
Old Jan 05, 2013, 07:12 AM
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Stock up on paper towels cause they are going to be one muddy mess. I wish them the best of luck and success.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 07:29 AM
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That's all fine and good, but they'll never fly again will they? They'll be static displays in museums. We already know what Spitfires look like.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 07:31 AM
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I thought I heard flying in three years. A bit optimistic, I'd say. Remember Glacier Girl? Was there a salvageable panel on that buried bird?
Old Jan 05, 2013, 08:08 AM
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But how awesome is it to unearth that history. It just about brings tears when I think about those guys that flew those things against almost insurmountable odds......
Old Jan 05, 2013, 08:16 AM
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They were all supposed to be extremely well packed, and knowing how keen people are I'm willing to be that if it's at all possible that at least some of them will be flying again.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 08:31 AM
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I think I remember now. That was the batch that was still in crates. Brand spankin' new Merlin equipped Spits preserved for posterity. Okay. Then there's hope for them after all.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 08:34 AM
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I thought I heard flying in three years. A bit optimistic, I'd say. Remember Glacier Girl? Was there a salvageable panel on that buried bird?
Glacier Girl is FLYING last I heard.
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I think I remember now. That was the batch that was still in crates. Brand spankin' new Merlin equipped Spits preserved for posterity. Okay. Then there's hope for them after all.
Yup - those were the ones.. Gotta keep our fingers crossed!
Old Jan 05, 2013, 08:35 AM
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I think I remember now. That was the batch that was still in crates. Brand spankin' new Merlin equipped Spits preserved for posterity. Okay. Then there's hope for them after all.
IIRC those were very late models with Griffon engines.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Even better.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Let's hope they are sealed up and survived. If so, modern man might learn how to send a package UPS and have it survive intact.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 09:21 AM
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Let's hope they are sealed up and survived. If so, modern man might learn how to send a package UPS and have it survive intact.
Hope springs Eternal, huh...
Old Jan 05, 2013, 09:54 AM
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Cosmoline is your friend. Lets hope they used alot of it!

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During World War II, U.S. Coast Artillerymen (serving the huge coastal artillery batteries) were known as "Cosmoliners" because they were tasked with the near constant cosmoline application ("greasing down") of the guns. The chemical was also used to coat weapons (including entire tanks) for long sea voyages, as it prevented rust even in salty conditions.
Old Jan 05, 2013, 10:07 AM
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Aren't they 40 feet deep? if so, that is double the pressure at sea level. As much as I want to see three times as much cosmoline as there was Spitfire and some intact aircraft, I can't say my gut feels that way. All it takes is a data plate and money and you can restore any airplane. Oh, I forgot. Lots and lots of money.


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