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    Russian AF P40 recovered from the sea near Crimea.

    Looks to be in rather good nick considering...

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

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    Picture from D.Mail/

    A World War II fighter aircraft was dredged up from the bottom of the Kerch Strait between Crimea and mainland Russia on Saturday.
    The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft, leased from the US to the Soviet Red Army, spent about 70 years underwater until divers spotted it nearly four miles from the coast.
    The divers were searching the waters for mines and bombs with the $3.2 billion construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge - a project Russian President Vladimir Putin as called a 'historic mission'.
    The Kremlin sees the bridge, which will span the Kerch Strait, as vital to integrating Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.
    On Saturday, a crane borrowed from the bridge's construction lifted the decayed plane, which may be incorporated into a future exhibition by a historical reconstruction group, RT reported.
    The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was constructed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities in Buffalo, New York, before the planes were widely used among the Allied powers in WWII.
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    Russia Today has more. The Soviet Union received approx 2,000 - sources differ - P-40 variants under Lend-Lease, some of them with RAF serials diverted from British deliveries. One of the film clips seems to show a RAF roundel on the fuselage side, the over-painted red star having faded, but I'm not sure about that. They rather carelessly hose it down and remove the paint from around that area.

    https://www.rt.com/news/387359-wwii-...r-plane-drone/

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    http://www.most.life/novosti/novosti...stvennoj-vojn/

    A Russian-language report (feedable into Google Translate) of the raising (with photo).
    author of THE DECISIVE DUEL: SPITFIRE vs 109

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    Nice..get it stabilised quick..
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