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    Fox News Story....

    Yar -- it's buried PILOT treasure!

    Like a treasure chest stuffed with priceless booty, as many as 20 World War II-era Spitfire planes are perfectly preserved, buried in crates beneath Burma -- and after 67 years underground, they're set to be uncovered.

    The planes were shipped in standard fashion in 1945 from their manufacturer in England to the Far East country: waxed, wrapped in greased paper and tarred to protect against the elements. They were then buried in the crates they were shipped in, rather than let them fall into enemy hands, said David Cundall, an aviation enthusiast who has spent 15 years and about $200,000 in his efforts to reveal the lost planes.

    The 62-year-old man -- a British farmer by trade -- realized the fate of the aircraft thanks to an offhand comment a group of American veterans made to a friend, he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    ''They told Jim: 'We've done some pretty silly things in our time, but the silliest was burying Spitfires.' And when Jim got back from the U.S., he told me,'" Cundall said.

    The location of the planes, which remains a closely kept secret, was confirmed during a recent trip to the Far East country, he said.
    ''We sent a borehole down and used a camera to look at the crates. They seemed to be in good condition," Cundall told the Herald.

    The Spitfire Mark XIV planes are rare for more than one reason: They used Rolls Royce Griffon engines rather than the Merlins used in earlier models to achieve tremendous speeds. Griffon-powered planes could reach 440 mph thanks to the hefty, 2,050-horsepower engines.

    When production of the planes ultimately ended in 1947, 20,334 Spitfires of all versions had been produced, but just 2,053 of them were Griffon-powered versions, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

    The planes were deemed surplus and were buried in Aug., 1945 -- potentially along with another eight later in the year. At that time, propeller planes were falling out of fashion in favor of newer jet-engine designs -- Cundall said Spitfires "were 10 a penny." British military officials decided burying them was cheaper and more practical than bringing them home.

    International sanctions prevent military material from leaving the country, but a recent visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron may enable the safe exhumation and return of the planes to England.

    Only about 35 Spitfires are currently flying.


  • #2
    That's incredible! I love stories like this. People forget that at the end of WWII all that military stuff was scrapped because nobody wanted it, kind of like muscle cars in the late '70s.
    Just groovin' to my own tune.


    • #3
      That's WAY cool! This isn't an April Fool in May, is it?



      • #4
        Awesome and cool!

        Can't wait to see 'em dug up.

        "The object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else's off..."


        • #5
          That's a Discovery show I'd watch.
          BS'er formally known as Rebeldryver

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Scott Liggett View Post
            That's a Discovery show I'd watch.
            YEAH ... ! ... I'd watch that too! what a find ... man 'o man! Myanmar (burma) is politically very unstable (usually). whomever does try and retreive these planes, is gonna have to pay payola, in a big way - i'd imagine.
            Mike in Southwest Ohio


            • #7
              There's drama that goes with those planes.
              The PM of Great Britain flew to Burma and attempted to negotiate the purchase of the planes.
              Tony Blair took a billionaire developer with him, who now claims he's got exclusive rights to remove the planes...
              According to the President of Burma (this guy seriously makes hitler look like an amatuer), he's going to continue dealing with the guy who found them. The billionaire, on the other hand, has told the guy who found the planes that if he joins his company, relinquishes all rights to the planes, and works to remove the planes, he might get paid something....
              Can't remember Burma - how about Myanmar? it's where they tried for a democratically elected government and failed. Of course, failure in that part of the world means lots and lots of dead bodies - and they died especially heinously.

              last factoid.
              George Orwell was a policeman in Burma and wrote 1984 while working there. He claimed that it was the fight between the Soviets and Britain that inspired him - and he thought that.... well, enough useless facts
              Doing it all wrong since 1966


              • #8
                I read about this a few days ago in an e-mail. the Griffon powered spitfires are my all time favorites!
                Nothing sounds like one with its 5 bladed prop chopping through the air. ( 10.5 feet in diam! )
                Now I cant wait for the WW2 weekend here in Reading Pa again!
                Reading , Pa
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                "putting the seat down is women's work" Archie Bunker.
                Ban low performance drivers not high performance cars .


                • #9
                  neat story...should be an interesting read once all is said and done.
                  If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue


                  • #10
                    I hope the planes turn out better than the 59 Chrysler in the time capsule. Wasn't that in Tulsa?
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