Astounding Find in Burma (Myanmar)

Astounding Find in Burma (Myanmar)

Joined: January 14th, 2003, 2:48 pm

April 23rd, 2012, 12:12 pm #1

Gents,
Now this is Brilliant! When I heard this great story yesterday, it reminded me of the beginning of the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", where a group of Scientists find the Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers in perfect shape, the famous lost squadron of 5 TBMs that crashed in 1945 in the supposed Bermuda Triangle.....

Imagine 2 Squadrons of pristine Spitfires! What a find, and a Good Show for the British Government!

Here's the links, certain to be many more. They'd better film this as what a documentary it would make!

http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2 ... anmar.html

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/asian ... e-lig.html

Chocks away soon!
Glenn

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Joined: May 4th, 2007, 8:13 am

April 23rd, 2012, 1:07 pm #2

Stories of buried Spitfires have been doing the rounds for a few years. All the recent articles about them claim they have been located yet I have not seen any pictures. Have any pictures of the find been released yet?

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Joined: January 14th, 2003, 2:48 pm

April 23rd, 2012, 2:34 pm #3

.....No actual photos, jb, to substantiate the claims that the Spits have been found, other than what is explained on the telly and the web.....There now seems to be a bit of a row regarding who actually "owns" the buried aircraft, England or Myanmar. UK Gov't seems to already have an agreement, so we'll see how this turns out!

Glenn
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April 23rd, 2012, 3:36 pm #4

This is awsome!! being 23 years old and watching second world war history dissolve around me, this is a good boost for us enthusiasts. i say return as many as they can to the skys. its probably safe to say these aircraft dont even have 100 hours flight time from being built. get em back, restore and use them for what they were intended-no, not shooting down japenese aircraft! but flying!!

Daf
RAF Honington

everything is history, lets preserve it and educate others.
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Joined: August 23rd, 2003, 10:11 pm

April 23rd, 2012, 8:25 pm #5

Gents,
Now this is Brilliant! When I heard this great story yesterday, it reminded me of the beginning of the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", where a group of Scientists find the Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers in perfect shape, the famous lost squadron of 5 TBMs that crashed in 1945 in the supposed Bermuda Triangle.....

Imagine 2 Squadrons of pristine Spitfires! What a find, and a Good Show for the British Government!

Here's the links, certain to be many more. They'd better film this as what a documentary it would make!

http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2 ... anmar.html

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/asian ... e-lig.html

Chocks away soon!
Glenn
Although stranger things have happened, I feel this story might well climax very early in April 2013....
My first reaction is that I find it hard to believe 20 Spitifres, still crated, were buried because they were worried they would fall into enemy hands. Imagine the pit needed to bury 20 crated Spits! But aparently, being overrun was top of mind.
I feel they'd much sooner be torched or blown up to prevent them falling into enemy hands.

Second reaction is of course excitement! Imagine! Spitfires would presumably be cheaper; supply and demand A Spit for every man. LOL.
Seriously, it would be wonderful to have some late model Spits including lots of spares!

Still, I'll wait for the first to surface, or for April 1st 2013, before I get too excited...

Cheers, Toine
Last edited by ToineS on April 25th, 2012, 7:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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