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    We'll have to wait and see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Boyle View Post
    "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.
    Oddly enough I do...all the way back in post #455
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    Yawn, I do find all the in-fighting rather boring. Someone just let me know when they (or the big pile of corroded metal) are on a ship home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WB556 View Post
    Yawn, I do find all the in-fighting rather boring. Someone just let me know when they (or the big pile of corroded metal) are on a ship home.
    Or the carrier bag full of data plates

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumper View Post
    Or the carrier bag full of data plates
    Would that be an aircraft carrier bag then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Strangelove View Post
    Oddly enough I do...all the way back in post #455
    Or page 8, post #225 even?

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    Touché Cattermole,touché
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    The Fox News link in post #475 quotes, in itself, extensively from the Vancouver Sun (at http://www.vancouversun.com/Brits+ba...261/story.html). What is of interest is that the Vancouver Sun report adds a new twist. Qouting Mr. Cundall:

    ""I had an AK-47 pointed at me once," says Cundall, who has endured mosquitoes and jungle heat in his search for the airplanes, many of which were buried around the old British airfields at Myitkyina and Mingaladon. "There were also six non-crated Mark VIIIs," says Cundall. "They are very rare and I believe they were buried in a quarry."

    Hmmm...I wonder if these "six non-crated Mk.VIIIs" are the ex-607 (County of Durham) aircraft I speculated on earlier?

    To briefly recap: 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, RAF, operated Spitfire Mk.VIIIs from March 1944, and disbanded on 19 August 1945 at Mingaladon, Burma. It is logical that they would have left their aircraft behind for the local MU to dispose of - especially if any were damaged and/or unserviceable - and maybe they were just pushed into a local quarry?

    Mr. Cundall is specifically talking about Mk.VIIIs: the "buried and crated" Spitfires are said to be Mk.XIVs. 607 Squadron did not fly Spitfire Mk.XIVs until they reformed on 10 May 1946 at RAF Ouston, Northumberland (a long way from Burma...!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moggy C View Post
    Or page 8, post #225 even?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericmunk View Post
    Would that be an aircraft carrier bag then?
    Thanks, thought this was very funny!

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    Strikes me this thread is simply going around in circles....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark V View Post
    Strikes me this thread is simply going around in circles....
    Lufberries surely?
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    They're a couple of weeks late...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark V View Post
    Strikes me this thread is simply going around in circles....

    The trim must be out

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    Is this thread just going around in circles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangmere1940 View Post
    Is this thread just going around in circles?
    No i think it's an ECHO.......... ECHO.......... ECHO..............

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    Well, more info the the plane found in the desert.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...nds-death.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by richest View Post
    Well, more info the the plane found in the desert.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...nds-death.html
    Errrrrrr... wrong thread ! this ones about Spitfires
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat 12x2 View Post
    Errrrrrr... wrong thread ! this ones about Spitfires
    Speaking of which - not sure if anyone's heard - they've found some in crates in Burma - apparently they're preserved in flying condition, which is great because it's only a month and a half until Legends!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat 12x2 View Post
    Errrrrrr... wrong thread ! this ones about Spitfires
    OK

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    This story has gone quiet and got overtaken by the P-40 in the desert story, however its also been a while since there has been any media updates?

    Does this mean there is still no access to commence digging, or digging has yielded no real results?

    Anyone in the "know" able to comment?

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    In Burma it rains a lot from May/June through to October/November, unless all their monsoon quota has been diverted to fall on airshow days in Bedfordshire this year. It would probably make sense to wait until the ground was more suitable for excavation.

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    As Robbo says - you cannot carry out any serious excavation there until it stops raining towards the end of the year.
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    They could put a raincoat and a pair of wellingtons on if it's raining,it's just not good enough,getting us all excited like that and then letting the trail go cold.You can never have enough Spitfires.

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    Its only gone quiet because the excavation team are undergoing extensive wet-weather dig-training back in the UK.
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    Yea I heard it should stop raining by the end of the year ...then maybe we can excavate the footings or get a crop in ?? Some wag mentioned digging for Aircraft ??? Idiot ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangmere1940 View Post
    Its only gone quiet because the excavation team are undergoing extensive wet-weather dig-training back in the UK.
    .........I guess they will be digging up that "will it be at legends?" joke
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