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  • Alan Clark
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    • Jan 2005
    • 817

    It's on Radio 4 now.
    Peak District Air Accident Research

    www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk

    Aircraft Wrecks: The Walker's Guide

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    • Bob
      Bob
      Aerophile
      • Jan 2000
      • 3648

      On BBC London now - Oh that's good to hear - it's been "recovered"*.........

      Wonder if she meant to say "discovered"...


      *Reporter Alice Bhandhukravi's opening piece
      Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

      行雲流水

      Warbirdskies Blog

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      • Dr. John Smith
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Nov 2010
        • 356

        Have you read some of the comments at http://news.uk.msn.com//blog/trendin...ce067d&_nwpt=1 ?

        "Amazing find,It reminds me of the film Close Encounters when the aircraft were found in the desert and the airmen were taken by the aliens"

        "This obviously a plane hijacked by aliens who have now returned it to earth.The pilot is alive and now lives on a far away planet.must stop have to take my pills."

        That will probably be the follow up story in The Sun: "World War II RAF Pilot Abducted by Aliens"

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        • TonyT
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Oct 2006
          • 9010

          Itv here didn't mention any recovery.

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          • TonyT
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Oct 2006
            • 9010

            Very good that some of the comments are thanking him for his service, shows some people today still recognise what this guy did for us.....

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            • Shay
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Oct 2006
              • 24

              The story has hit CNN now.

              http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/0...ane-in-egypt//

              Shay
              ____________
              Semper Fortis

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              • teejaymac
                Rank 3 Registered User
                • Apr 2012
                • 10

                Originally posted by TonyT
                Very good that some of the comments are thanking him for his service, shows some people today still recognise what this guy did for us.....
                If it is him.

                Terry

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                • Dobbins
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Feb 2012
                  • 448

                  Well some brave and unfortunate pilot was definitely involved, though Copping's name appears to have now been cemented into the story...

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                  • Dr. John Smith
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Nov 2010
                    • 356

                    P-40 from Sahara

                    Originally posted by TonyT
                    Itv here didn't mention any recovery.
                    It was the last "and finally..." item on the ITN 6:30 news (at least here in the ITV London area). Reporting by Neena Nanau, featuring an interview with Peter Dye of the RAFM, largely in front of the P-40 at the RAF Museum in Hendon, along with the pictures already posted here, and the youtube footage out there on the web.

                    (Just been watching it - albeit one hour later on the ITV+1 channel...)

                    ETA: The item was also repeated at the end of News At Ten (10:00-10:30 today)

                    It should be on the ITN website for a limited time at http://www.itv.com/news/

                    If you mean "recovery" and not "DIScovery", then you're correct. There was a line in the report about "the race is on to recover the plane..."which implies that it is still where it was found at the present time.

                    At least, now the "word is out" about the P-40, it may well make people aware that it would be more valuable as a complete airframe, and hopefully deter the locals from tearing it apart as a source of "free" scrap metal.

                    I'm sure that I am not the only one who will only breathe a sigh of relief when I see this P-40 hoisted on a crane in a container at Alexandria, bound for the UK...

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                    • shepsair
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Oct 2009
                      • 284

                      P40

                      .....and right from the initial story where it was called a 'Kittyhawk P40' instead of P40 Kittyhawk, the mistake is copied by all it seems.

                      Will have to start talking about Spitfire Supermarines and Hurricane Hawkers.

                      That offer of a 2 minute check days before the news was released now gets more and more grinding!

                      Good news it is out though but still needs to be recovered.

                      Also Jakub was not the lone ranger, he was part of a team which has also been forgotten! (Sometimes I wish it was a single person that discovered it). News people seem to have forgotten that much to his annoyance.

                      regards

                      Mark

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                      • silver fox
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • May 2008
                        • 693

                        Typical the TV News channels getting all excited, after the papers have already printed the story, some pics and write up Daily Mirror today.

                        Seem to be identifying the pilot as Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping who was actually transferring aircraft to another base for repairs, allegedly.

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                        • Dr. John Smith
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Nov 2010
                          • 356

                          The Daily Mirror is running the story at http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-n...i-plane-827855

                          As to whether (or not) Dennis Copping was the pilot, you have to allow for the media's preferred angle of "Hero Pilot survives crash only to walk to his death in the lonely desert"

                          The papers would prefer to put a name to the pilot, even if there is only circumstantial (and not 100% proof) of evidence to identify him.

                          Same with the discovery: the media is longing for an "Indiana Jones and the lost Warbird" angle, hence preferring to name an individual as discovering the airframe, when it was a team effort.

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                          • David Harvey
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Oct 2011
                            • 29

                            The BBC have mentioned this today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18038650
                            Regards, David Harvey
                            Robertsbridge Aviation Society - East Sussex

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                            • jeepman
                              infrequent poster now
                              • Apr 2004
                              • 1975

                              Just heard it on the BBC Radio 2 news as well when I was working in the garage.
                              JM

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                              • Steve Newman
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Aug 2010
                                • 69

                                Its 'twist or stick' time now, the publicity will either assist in its recovery and search for pilot or its complete destruction and leave pilots fate unknown.

                                Just wish I could do something more than be a keyboard warrior and cross fingers.

                                Night all

                                Steve

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                                • Propstrike
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Mar 2004
                                  • 3995

                                  11 second report on BBC news.

                                  '' the pilot attempted to walk to safety. The nearest town was 200 miles away'' ( big beaming grin ) No need to mention the implications of that.

                                  Don't want to spoil the mood for the relentless BBC Olympics Boreathon

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                                  • Discendo Duces
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2006
                                    • 253

                                    I saw that too.

                                    I've gone off that presenter...

                                    DD

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                                    • T-21
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Jun 2007
                                      • 1323

                                      It is remarkably preserved . Items like the rubber hoses,tyres and electrical parts will be of interest to the aviation industry in how they have survived the heat of the desert since 1942. The cockpit photo in the Daily Telegraph yesterday was amazing .
                                      Fly with the eagles,or scratch with the chickens.

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                                      • Michammer
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2011
                                        • 1

                                        The story also made it onto the NBC Nightly News here in the States.

                                        General story line: A Kittyhawk P40 built by Curtiss Aircraft flown by the RAF in WWII, likely from a British airbase in North Egypt. Found by an expedition team. No sign of a pilot remains.


                                        NBC Nightly News

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                                        • slicer
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Jul 2003
                                          • 664

                                          Story was on BBC World Service News at 00.30 12/5...going viral!

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