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WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sah
Telegraph UK ^ | May 10, 2012 | Richard Alleyne

Posted on 05/11/2012 10:29:11 AM PDT by Neil E. Wright

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

The Kittyhawk P-40 has remained unseen and untouched since it came down on the sand in June 1942 and has been hailed the "aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb".

It is thought the pilot survived the crash and initially used his parachute for shelter before making a desperate and futile attempt to reach civilisation by walking out of the desert.

The RAF airman, believed to have been Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, was never seen again.

The single-seater fighter plane was discovered by chance by Polish oil company worker Jakub Perka exploring a remote region of the Western Desert in Egypt, about 200 miles from the nearest town.

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.


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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aviation; england; fighter; p40; unitedkingdom; worldwareleven; worldwarii; wwii
Here's hoping that they can find the pilot and return him home where he belongs. “Where liberty dwells, there is my country." –Benjamin Franklin Islam Delenda Est! REFUSE. RESIST. Do NOT Submit! ★ FREEDOM! ★
1 posted on 05/11/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT by Neil E. Wright
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To: Neil E. Wright

Daily Mail ALWAYS has a better pics, story and comments.

ALWAYS.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2142300/Crashed-plane-Second-World-War-pilot-Dennis-Copping-discovered-Sahara-desert.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


2 posted on 05/11/2012 10:37:56 AM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: Neil E. Wright
P-40 Kittyhawk


3 posted on 05/11/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrat Ku Klux Klan is alive and well - Ogletree, Sharpton, Williams, Jackson)
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To: Neil E. Wright

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2882592/posts


4 posted on 05/11/2012 10:40:58 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Neil E. Wright

a 20 mile radius is a lot of sand to try and uncover


5 posted on 05/11/2012 10:43:53 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Neil E. Wright
So this plane is equal to King Tut's tomb. I take it then, that it was loaded with gold. Talk about over stating something, that plane is not rare that I know of. Not saying it is not a great find but come on.
6 posted on 05/11/2012 10:59:29 AM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: Neil E. Wright
Great Britain. . our staunchest Ally. . and Obama sent back the bust of Churchill. .
7 posted on 05/11/2012 11:01:21 AM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

This is a great story, but I am waiting with bated (yes, that’s the correct spelling) breath for the pix from that group of Spitfires that were found, buried in crates and cosmolene (or equivalent) in...Indonesia, was it?

That’s going to be a droolfest.


8 posted on 05/11/2012 11:02:27 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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To: fish hawk

It is the historical aspect that makes this equivalent to Tut’s tomb. Who cares about the mysteries of ancient Egypt? With this plane we might be able to put together the missing pieces and discover once and for all if there really was a second world war!


9 posted on 05/11/2012 11:11:32 AM PDT by ME-262 (We need Term Limits for the federal house and senate. We need new Bums up there.)
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To: wolficatZ

Thanks, that IS an impressive source.


10 posted on 05/11/2012 11:12:52 AM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

“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”

Are they SERIOUS????

We SAW what Muslims did to the graves of war dead in Lybia just recently.


11 posted on 05/11/2012 11:24:58 AM PDT by ZULU (Non Nobis Domine Non Nobis Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I believe it was in Burma.


12 posted on 05/11/2012 11:28:05 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I read that story also....can’t wait for the pictures!


13 posted on 05/11/2012 11:28:41 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: VeniVidiVici

Isn’t it a P-40 Warhawk? I thought the same things when I read “Kittyhawk”. What? The Wright Flyer is in the dessert in the Middle East?


14 posted on 05/11/2012 11:46:04 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Seriously? That's awesome. Wonder if they can be returned to flightworthy status.
On the other hand, WTF. The British lost air superiority and many pilots in the region were flying obsolete planes against the Japanese. Not to have used these Spitfires seems criminal.
15 posted on 05/11/2012 11:50:41 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
This is a great story, but I am waiting with bated (yes, that’s the correct spelling) breath for the pix [...]

Well, when I have a bad day fishing, I come home with baited breath.

16 posted on 05/11/2012 12:01:59 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

A little overstated, isn’t it? There are still a few P40s around, and lost aircraft turn up pretty often.


17 posted on 05/11/2012 12:04:00 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: 6SJ7

Kittyhawk was the british name for the P-40.


18 posted on 05/11/2012 12:04:57 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: rmlew

You need to find the Spitfire story. The war was over, or nearly over, when the Spitfires were buried.


19 posted on 05/11/2012 12:06:10 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Neil E. Wright

I would love to have the coordinates to look it up on Google Earth.


20 posted on 05/11/2012 12:27:18 PM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
bated (yes, that’s the correct spelling) breath

Yup. "Baited Breath" means that you most likely have a hook in your mouth.

21 posted on 05/11/2012 12:52:33 PM PDT by wbill
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To: ZULU

“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”

Dr. Zahi Hawass: So sorry! This plane is a relic from a pre-existing muslim holy site that has been there for thousands of years, and it will not be released to infidels.


22 posted on 05/11/2012 1:00:38 PM PDT by ME-262 (We need Term Limits for the federal house and senate. We need new Bums up there.)
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To: ME-262

If it turns out there actually was a second WW, then the Holocaust might have happened too.


23 posted on 05/11/2012 2:05:12 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
... I am waiting with bated (yes, that’s the correct spelling) breath ...

Whereas I normally have baited breath:

Yummy!!!!!!!!!

Now to hit the kitchen; get some munchies!

24 posted on 05/11/2012 2:07:36 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Neil E. Wright

What about the P-38 found buried in ice in Greenland which was recovered intact?

Still, with all reverence to aviation history, comparing any find like this WWII plane to be the equivalent of finding King Tut’s tomb is a little over the top.


25 posted on 05/11/2012 2:21:30 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: rmlew

As a later poster said, location: Burma. The details I’ve read, first reports only, are that there are maybe ten or a dozen Spitfires in freaking crates, some assembly required, brand new “never used”. I am sure a juicy TV special can and will be made out of this, but count me in as an eager viewer.

I think they arrived on site after the Japanese were chased out of the area, so...*using* them woulda been criminal!

Anyway, can’t wait to see the pix of those things, if indeed the story is true.


26 posted on 05/11/2012 2:30:50 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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