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OT - Digging spitfires in Burma - 1/4/2013 10:05:14 PM   
Jorge_Stanbury


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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/hunt-begins-british-spitfires-buried-myanmar-195246032.html

If they were buried properly crated, then their condition shouldn't be that bad
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RE: OT - Digging spitfires in Burma - 1/4/2013 11:58:16 PM   
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I'm not holding my breath on this.
After 67 years in a wood crate, I do not expect much to be in usable condition.
First, the shipping crates were not designed to withstand the loads imposed on them by burial.
Thus, most if not all of the crates were crushed upon being buried.
Second, if not crushed, the wood would have long since been eaten or have rotted away, causing additional collapse.
Finally, dampness will have corroded most of the aluminum airframes into worthless junk.
I hope I'm wrong, but the engineer in me knows better.
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RE: OT - Digging spitfires in Burma - 1/9/2013 2:57:37 PM   
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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/search-world-war-ii-spitfire-myanmar-turns-water-090001945.html

"The team had found a wooden crate believed to contain one of the planes, but it was full of muddy water. British aviation enthusiast David J. Cundall, who is driving the hunt for the rare Spitfire planes, called the results "very encouraging.""

How optimist!

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RE: OT - Digging spitfires in Burma - 1/9/2013 3:36:34 PM   
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Wooden crates buried in the jungle of a monsoon prone country filled with aircraft built with wartime anti-corrosion protection for the best part of 70 years? I'm sure it will all be just peachy.

Although all they really need to find are a few bits of brass and they will have enough to 'rebuild' some Spitfires.

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RE: OT - Digging spitfires in Burma - 1/9/2013 4:29:25 PM   
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I think that is the hope; 140 planes can provide a lot of parts; also increases the chances of having at least one in not so bad conditions

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RE: OT - Digging spitfires in Burma - 1/9/2013 5:47:05 PM   
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They only need one part from each to rebuild them. If they want airworthy Spitfires then none of the major parts will be useable. But if you've got a brass manufacturers plate then you can build a new aircraft around that. It's basically how a chap rebuilt a mk I Spitfire they dug out of the ground. It would be great t if they do find something though.

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