And not to be confused with this
My understanding has always been from 12-14 years ago that the eye-witness accounts were from former 'Seabees'.
Seabees are members of the United States Navy construction battalions. The word Seabee is a proper noun that comes from the initials of Construction Battalion, (CB) of the United States Navy. The Seabees have a history of building bases, bulldozing and paving thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips, and accomplishing a myriad of other construction projects in a wide variety of military theaters dating back to World War II.
Spitfire Survivors www.spitfiresurvivors.co.uk Volumes I & II published...Job done.
And not to be confused with this
Weather - Fair with cloudy patches, clear by early evening.
Agreed, Fighterace...though in this case it seems it might have started in tears!
I wonder if these Spitfires will have survived as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma's 1957 Plymouth Belvedere time capsule?
Sometimes it's better to be a bumblebee than it is to be Professor Heinkel.
Another press release, another number.
The new number is..............(dramatic pause ).......... 124!
''British farmer and aviation history buff David Cundall now says there are 124 new Spitfires buried in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and he knows where 60 of them are. As we reported two weeks ago, Cundall stunned the aviation world with news that he had found at least 20 crated, brand-new Spitfires wrapped in protective paper and tar to preserve them. Whether he'll be able to capitalize on his stunning discovery is in question, however, as treasure hunters from all over the world race against each other and the impending monsoon season to dig the pickled aircraft up.''
You just have to admire confidence like this
Can hardly believe it ! There are now one hundred plus with a buyer prepared to pay $1.5 million each!! Does he realise that XIV's will become that common you won't be able to sell one at your local boot sale!
$1.5 million each for a pile of corroded . crushed and rusted metal - if they're lucky.............
The buyer is the RAF... they are planning to stand up 4 squadrons to supplement the Typhoon for COIN operations.
Although the 'Raiders of the lost Crates ' story makes good headlines, the notion of 'buried treasure' needs a bit more scrutiny.
If the recovered aeroplanes were late mark Griffon-engined examples, I am not so sure the preservation movement would necessarily be clammouring to get hold of them- it is not at all the same Spitfire as the 'legendary' 1940 Merlin fighter, which has up to now been the focus of the scratch building/ restoration industry. The big money is in flyers, and these buried Spits will not be worth £1 million until you have spent about £1 million ( or more ) on them.
Historically, the later 'big' Spitfires have not done so well at auction, and have often lingered 'on the shelf' until a buyer could be found. To flood the market with even a dozen, let alone 40, or 60 will surely more than meet demand. That is assuming engines are available, and the specialist restoration companies can undertake the rebuild in the forseeable future.
I could envisage a situation where very shambolic hulks are offered to the market as rebuild projects, initially at a hugely ambitious price but forced down by reality. Fewer than 10 would be a novelty, but, say 30 would be a glut and even at £50 k a piece, they might struggle to find buyers.
''There's Mould in them thar hills !''
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Or is it possible the RAF used potting mix when they planted these spitfires to cause them to divide and multiply?
I think I'll stick to following P-40s found in the desert for the moment, and wait for something tangible to pop out of the ground.
20, then 60, then 128, if the count hits 248 by tomorrow and 496 by the weekend then I think we can lock this thread altogether.
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I remain hopeful and optimistic like many others that there is something there (and I believed there was good evidence)...but.....well, lets see. The shenanigans in recent days, the apparent reproductive capabilities of underground crated Spitfires and word that they might be 30 or 42 feet down puts a slightly different slant on things, I'd say. In any case, these crated Spitfires (if only at 30 ft!) would require a civil engineering exercise of epic proportions to say the least. It isn't a case of 'simply' digging a hole 30 or 40 feet deep and hoiking them out. You are looking at digging a quarry. And some! But perhaps they have a plan!
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What started out as an interesting story is slowly winging it's way into the obscure and absurd.. Think I will stick to reading about P40's in the desert..
"Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"
I don't even bother to read the updates in this tread anymore
"Perfectly preserved" Spitfires...
Remember the new car that was buried in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1957 and everyone expected to be able to drive it once raised from its underground vault?
The reality was a bit different.
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There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.
Pics or stfu!
I think you'll find it started two pages back at post #420
"What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.
So what's the number estimated at now? Have we got to 1000?
If it were Hurricanes, I'd be excited, but MORE Spitfires! :diablo:
Only dead fish swim with the stream.
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From the link at post #475...this seems to be a new thing.....
''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.