Spitfire Search Comes Up Empty | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.21.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.21.14 **
** Airborne 07.18.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.18.14 **
** Airborne 07.16.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.16.14 **

Tue, Jan 22, 2013

Spitfire Search Comes Up Empty

Archaeologists Question Whether Fighters Are Really Buried In Burma

If there are 124 Supermarine Spitfires buried in crates in Burma, they're not going to be found easily. Initial excavations of three sites where the airplanes were thought to be placed underground as WWII was drawing to a close have so far turned up no evidence of the iconic airplanes.

The BBC reports that while archaeologists say that they are no longer convinced that the evidence supports the theory that there are planes buried in Burma, the driving force behind the effort to find them is still convinced they're there ... they just haven't looked in the right place.

David Cundall, the British farmer who has spent nearly two decades in search of the Spitfires, said he is "frustrated" but "determined" to continue looking for the airplanes said to be buried as Japanese forces advanced at the end of the war.

There are large concentrations of metal underground near the airport in Rangoon, where some of the planes were said to be buried. Earlier this month, a crate was discovered in the Kachin state capital of Myitkynia as well, but searchers were unable to immediately determine its contents because of a large amount of muddy water.

Cundall said he would be the first to apologize if his efforts came up empty, but has not given up the search. The January excavations had been sponsored by the Belarus strategy game developer Wargaming.net. Their continued participation in the search was unclear.

(Spitfire pictured in file image)

FMI: http://wargaming.com/

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 07.21.14: Koontz' Barber Award, ESA Spaceplane, Model Flyers Fight FAA

Also: Boeing's 787-9 Demo, Hartzell's TBM Wonder-Prop, More Santa Monica Maneuvering, Garmin Global Pilot, Even more TSA Stupidity Greg Koontz has been named the recipient of this >[...]

Airborne 07.18.14: MH17 Shootdown Tragedy, ForeFlight Update, Honoring Apollo 11

Also: UK To OSH--By Microlight, On The Eve of Oshkosh 2014, FAA OKs SpaceX TX Launch Site, Extra-Capacity Q400 NextGen Details of the shoot down of MH17 are changing rapidly and ve>[...]

FAA Grants Re-Issues Hawker Beechcraft STC To Flyht

Covers AFIRS for 700/800/900 Models The FAA has granted a re-issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Hawker Beechcraft 700/800/900 model aircraft to Flyht Aerospace So>[...]

OSH2013, Day One, Revisited: ICON, Pelton, Cessna, SubSonex, BendixKing

Also: Jam-Packed Opening Day Promises That "This Isn't Over" in EAA v FAA Fight ICON Aircraft has been granted a waiver by the FAA to allow a maximum gross takeoff weight to sixtee>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.22.14)

Diamond Aviators Association The Diamond Aviators Association (the DAA) is a membership organization established to educate, promote the safety of, and support the owners and pilot>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC