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WWII Fighter Plane Hailed the 'Aviation Equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' Found Preserved (Sahara)
The Telegraph ^ | Richard Alleyne

Posted on 05/10/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara

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A Second World War aeroplane that crash landed in the Sahara Desert before the British pilot walked to his death has been found almost perfectly preserved 70 years later.

Most of its cockpit instruments are intact and it still had it guns and ammunition before they were seized by the Egyptian military.

There are also signs of the makeshift camp the pilot made alongside the fuselage.

No human remains have been found but it is thought the pilot may lie within a 20 mile radius of the plane.

The RAF Museum at Hendon, north London, has been made aware of the discovery and plans are underway to recover the aircraft and display it in the future.

A search will also be launched in the hope of finding the lost airman.

The defence attache at the British embassy in Cairo is due to visit the scene in the near future in order to officially confirm its discovery and serial number.

But there are fears over what will be left of it after locals began stripping parts and instruments from the cockpit for souvenirs and scrap.

Historians are urging the British government to step in sooner rather than later and have the scene declared as a war grave so it can be protected until the plane is recovered.

Military historian Andy Saunders said: "The aviation historical world is hugely excited about this discovery.

"This plane has been lying in the same spot where it crashed 70 years ago. It hasn't been hidden or buried in the sand, it has just sat there.

"It is a quite incredible time capsule, the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 05/10/2012 3:33:56 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More at:

http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/357/language/en-CA/Original-Kittyhawk-HS-B-Discovered.aspx

https://picasaweb.google.com/114682566226043469349/Zdj_samolot?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjxkt6rkNTFKg&feat=directlink#


2 posted on 05/10/2012 3:34:55 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

The irony of the British complaining about Egyptians looting historical items of British national interest is great here.


3 posted on 05/10/2012 3:45:34 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Cool! Heck of a thing though to know you survived the crash but won’t survive much longer. I hope they find the pilot, he cannot be far away.


4 posted on 05/10/2012 3:46:08 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: DogByte6RER

P-40 Kittyhawk? Or Hawker Hurricane?
Somebody better post up on that site pronto and keep the pickers off. Great photos.


5 posted on 05/10/2012 3:46:33 PM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: corkoman

Its a lend/lease P-40 warhawk. Also the fuselage of a Hurricane was dope canvass not aluminum. The scoop intake on the cowl is a dead give away it is a P-40.


6 posted on 05/10/2012 3:49:35 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: corkoman

P-40 Kittyhawk? Or Hawker Hurricane?
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I know, I wasn’t sure eithr. Farther down it states it’s a P40. Two Brit pilots were taking damaged planes on a short flight from one airfield to anoter. One got lost.


7 posted on 05/10/2012 3:49:55 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: corkoman

That is a P-40, possibly lend-lease.


8 posted on 05/10/2012 3:50:27 PM PDT by omega4179 ( el 0bama comiĆ³ un perro)
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To: corkoman

9 posted on 05/10/2012 3:51:42 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Almoast perfectly preserved" after it crash landed in hostile territory.
10 posted on 05/10/2012 3:53:57 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: corkoman

Hurricane had a different canopy and no scoop on the cowl....

11 posted on 05/10/2012 3:55:59 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: DogByte6RER

12 posted on 05/10/2012 3:58:25 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: DogByte6RER

“It is a quite incredible time capsule, the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun’s Tomb.”

Complete BS. We know everything about these planes: how they were made, when they were made, who made them, who flew them, why they flew them, what they cost, etc. No one need learn a dead language - like Egyptian hieroglyphics - to know all about this plane.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 4:07:23 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: DogByte6RER
”King Nine Will Not Return”
14 posted on 05/10/2012 4:11:03 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Jewbacca

Nice understatement.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 4:15:23 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: HerrBlucher

Google Lady Be Good. It was a B24 that was lost in Libya in 1944+-. Wasn’t found until 1958. Crew members that survived the bailout tried to walk back to civilization across the Sahara.

The log of one member outlined their 100 mile walk before they died, one by one.

A haunting story.


16 posted on 05/10/2012 4:32:02 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: HerrBlucher
Some of the crew of the Lady Be Good made it 80 miles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Be_Good_%28aircraft%29
17 posted on 05/10/2012 4:32:39 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

37 seconds.... at least I provided the source, lol.


18 posted on 05/10/2012 4:34:54 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Remains of five airmen were found in a group nearly 80 miles (130 km) from the crash site. The other three (Guy Shelley, “Rip” Ripslinger and Vernon Moore) had set off to try to find help while the other five waited behind. The bodies of Shelley and Ripslinger were found 32 kilometres (20 mi) and 43 kilometres (27 mi) further north.

Yea, but you missed the farthest airman by 27 miles!!!

;-)


19 posted on 05/10/2012 4:43:20 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Bartholomew Roberts; treetopsandroofs

Likely the B-24 had a decent supply of water on board. And of course, time of year would also be a factor. The LBG went down in April, who knows when the spitfire? went down.

Thanks for the link though, the LBG is a fascinating story. Reminds me of the movie, “flight of the phoenix.” I wonder if the LBG story was the inspiration for the 1964 novel on which the movie was based.


20 posted on 05/10/2012 4:44:17 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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