Skip to comments.Almost Perfectly Preserved’ WWII Fighter Discovered in Sahara Desert — 70 Years After Disappearing
Posted on 05/11/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
Its not quite the same as the opening sequence to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but its awfully close.
The Daily Mail reports that a Polish oil company worker, Jakub Perka, has discovered an almost perfectly preserved Kittyhawk P-40 that crash-landed in the Sahara Desert in 1942.
Despite the crash impact, most of the aircrafts cockpit instruments are intact, according to the report.
—ot really this model had six .50 cal...—
Yeah, most of what I “know” about the P-40 was it’s capabilities at the start of the war. I compare it to the Grumman Wildcat. It was what we had when the war started but it was mostly replaced by better stuff darned fast, but still saw a lot of use in some theaters.
Also, I’ve not been into the WWII aircraft hobby for a couple of decades so I have to dust off the brain cells when discussing it. I may have missed a few spots. ;-)
True, but there are a lot of stories of guys who ditched their plane, and once it stopped, got out and carefully closed the canopy, even if the thing was totalled!
At least, I would hope that is the case. It would be a great story.
They can track it down, I bet. Get some serial numbers (anything that could have been taken or stolen probably was) find out where the plane went, etc.
This thread caused me a look up an old movie that I saw as a kid, that I want to see again somehow. Not sure if it is on a DVD or not -
-——just fyi -———
Sole Survivor (1970) (TV) More at IMDbPro »
When a bomber believed to have crashed in the ocean 17 years ago is found in the Libyan desert. A Colonel and Major accompany the only surviving member of the crew, who is now a General to figure out what happened. The General claims that he and the other members of the crew jumped over the ocean when in reality he bailed out leaving the others to fend for themselves. And while the Colonel just wants the whole thing closed, the Major insists on finding the truth. And watching them are the ghosts of the crew.
This story is loosely based on the discovery of the B-24 “Liberator” bomber the “Lady Be Good” that was found in the Libyan desert after the crew got lost on their 1st bombing mission to Italy.
Haha, me too. I was entranced by the pictures. It is looking at history.
I have been looking for this movie also. It is very difficult to find a CD of it in good condition. It was a made for TV movie to begin with...
Thanks, I always wondered what it was named.
It was on tv several years back. Independent movie channel on Direct TV.
Canopy appears to be closed.
Interesting that the prop was feathered yet under a lot of power when he hit the ground. Loss of oil pressure?
Several yrs. ago I was in the waiting room of a medical lab waiting my turn.
An old couple walked in. The man wearing a ‘P-51’ emblazoned ball cap.
I went over sat down next to him, thanked him for his service and started talking about the plane.
He told me he loved flying the P-51 but his real love was with the Thunderbolt.
His turn for blood work came up and I talked to his wife for a few minutes.
She told me her husband had told her that if he could have he would have married that P-47.
I just found it on Google Video for online viewing
Thanks for the direct link to the original story. Many more pictures here. 200 miles to the nearest town?....Jeez!
Wasn’t there a movie made about that B24?
What you said.
Darn. Idaho is a long way from Texas.
I don’t recall a movie about the B-24 Lady Be Good. Many documentaries were done. Sole Survivor used a B-25 Mitchell bomber.
I remember that movie!
Yes, but it's a friendly place. :^)
I remember that movie as well. The one line I recall was one of the ghosts listening to a Dodgers Baseball game on the radio the “recovery crew” had brought and puzzled by how “they moved Brooklyn to Los Angeles” as though the entire borough had been transported out west not just the team.
Pilot Ronald Regan does a P40 Warhawk recognition film
Thanks!....I bookmarked it for later...
Great pics...gonna have to check that episode out, it has been a long time.
I remember that Twilight Zone episode also...
It’s one of my favorites. It has some excellent plot twists and, as with so many TZ episodes, a great ending.
—I remember that Twilight Zone episode also...
Hey Thor, the wiki article says the TZ episode was inspired by the discovery of the Lady Be Good B-24. Is that the one in your post?
Looks like this has gone full circle. Discovery inspires show, 53 years later, another discovery harkens back to show.
Just answered my own question:
great story!...The P-47 was so powerful it was like a small fast bomber.
The Lady Be Good incident was indirectly referenced in a couple of television shows and movies. Sole Survivor, a 1970 made-for-TV movie, was about the ghosts of a B-25 bomber crew that crashed in the Libyan desert.
—The P-47 was so powerful it was like a small fast bomber.—
I used to fly it in internet WWII battles. If you had some altitude and came up against german (or japanes, for that matter) planes and needed to bug out, you could just drop like a rock and usually make it to safety before anyone caught up.
So was the TZ episode.
This is really pretty interesting. One of the more fun threads here.
That is the one I saw. I couldn’t remeber the type of aircraft.
Thanks for posting.
It still goes to show there are areas of the world that are very desolate and no one ventures into...
Thanks for the Rest of the Story.
Have you flown the P-38 yet on the computer?
Few pay much attention, but the A-10 is named after the P-47.
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
The Jug and The Warthog.
—Have you flown the P-38 yet on the computer?—
Yep. I’ve flown pretty much everything produced by everyone that produced planes during WWII. Even some obscure Italian planes.
I didn’t like the P-38 all that much. Twin engine fighters were too much of a compromise. I liked ‘em for ground attack, though.
I did not know that, but it explains why the warthog is my favorite “modern” warplane. It really harkens back to the P47 for me. I did not know it was intentional.
I used to have a warthog flight simulator. It was a lot of fun.
Good ole Lady be good.
When I was at Wheelus AFB in Tripoli her propellers stood at the front gate back in 1967.
I was there when we were kicked out of Wheelus by a young punk named Quadaffi.
Lots of memories come back to mind when I hear the name of that good old plane. I always wonder if they brought the propellers back to the USA when we finally closed the base.
It was a loosely-based story about the "Lady Be Good". Very hard to find but entertaining overall ...
There are stories of the jug's coming in with holes in them big enough to crawl through, wings shortened by several inches and cylinders shot off but they still came home.
I don't blame them for having a deep affection for that bird.
I'd forgotten that the Nazi tanker was played by Lloyd Bridges!
You’re right. I remember now....the outer 50s were just recessed in the leading edge and not seen in profile like the others.