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I think you quoted the wrong guy, dude
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Meant to quote for both but doesn't matter
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What good news for a Saturday morning......well for a WW2 aviation enthusiast that is..


Spitfires buried in Burma during war to be returned to UK

Twenty iconic Spitfire aircrafts buried in Burma during the Second World War are to be repatriated to Britain after an intervention by David Cameron.

The Prime Minister secured a historic deal that will see the fighter jets dug up and shipped back to the UK almost 67 years after they were hidden more than 40-feet below ground amid fears of a Japanese occupation.

The gesture came as Mr Cameron became the first Western leader to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy campaigner held under house arrest for 22 years by the military regime, and invited her to visit London in her first trip abroad for 24 years.

He called on Europe to suspend its ban on trade with Burma now that it was showing “prospects for change” following Miss Suu Kyi’s election to parliament in a sweeping electoral victory earlier this year.

The plight of the buried aircraft came to Mr Cameron’s attention at the behest of a farmer from Scunthorpe, North Lincs, who is responsible for locating them at a former RAF base using radar imaging technology.

David Cundall, 62, spent 15 years doggedly searching for the Mk II planes, an exercise that involved 12 trips to Burma and cost him more than £130,000.

When he finally managed to locate them in February, he was told Mr Cameron “loved” the project and would intervene to secure their repatriation.

Mr Cundall told the Daily Telegraph: “I’m only a small farmer, I’m not a multi-millionaire and it has been a struggle. It took me more than 15 years but I finally found them.

”Spitfires are a beautiful aeroplane and should not be rotting away in a foreign land. They saved our neck in the Battle of Britain and they should be preserved.”

He said the Spitfires, of which there are only around 35 flying left in the world, were shipped to Burma and then transported by rail to the British RAF base during the war.

However, advances in technology and the emergence of more agile jets meant they were never used and in August 1945, officials fearing a Japanese occupation abandoned them on the orders of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the head of South East Asia Command, two weeks before the atom bombs were dropped, ending the conflict.

“They were just buried there in transport crates,” Mr Cundall said. “They were waxed, wrapped in greased paper and their joints tarred. They will be in near perfect condition.”

The married father of three, an avid plane enthusiast, embarked on his voyage of discovery in 1996 after being told of their existence by a friend who had met some American veterans who described digging a trench for the aircraft during the Allied withdrawal of Burma.

He spent years appealing for information on their whereabouts from eye witnesses, scouring public records and placing advertisements in specialist magazines.

Several early trips to Burma were unsuccessful and were hampered by the political climate.

He eventually met one eyewitness who drew maps and an outline of where the jets were buried and took him out to the scene.

“Unfortunately, he got his north, south, east and west muddled up and we were searching at the wrong end of the runway,” he said.

“We also realised that we were not searching deep enough as they had filled in all of these bomb craters which were 20-feet to start with.

“I hired another machine in the UK that went down to 40-feet and after going back surveying the land many times, I eventually found them.

“I have been in touch with British officials in Burma and in London and was told that David Cameron would negotiate on my behalf to make the recovery happen.”

Mr Cundall said sanctions preventing the removal of military tools from Burma were due to be lifted at midnight last night (FRI).

A team from the UK is already in place and is expecting to begin the excavation, estimated to cost around £500,000, imminently. It is being funded by the Chichester-based Boultbee Flight Acadamy.

Mr Cundall said the government had promised him it would be making no claim on the aircraft, of which 21,000 were originally produced, and that he would be entitled to a share in them.

“It’s been a financial nightmare but hopefully I’ll get my money back,” he said.

“I’m hoping the discovery will generate some jobs. They will need to be stripped down and re-riveted but it must be done. My dream is to have a flying squadron at air shows.”
But LOL @ Spitfires being referred to as jets.

Hope they are in fairly good condition and possibility of being made airworthy. Would love to buy one if one does go on sale
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I would love to fly these early birds one day.
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I doubt they'd go on sale, but if they could get a few more on BBMF that would be awesome!
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Name: AeroLB
PPL Owner? (If no, skip the following sub questions): Yes
Base Airport: Glasgow Intl/Doha Intl
Years of experience flying as PIC: 1
Aircraft Flown: PA-38, PA-28, Grob Tutor, Cessna 208 Caravan, Piaggio p180 Avanti
Favourite Aircraft Flown: PA-38, really old and really responsive!
Interested in military/civil aircraft: Mostly civil
Favourite Aircraft: Cessna CJ, A340, Tycoon
Most exotic country you've travelled to: French Polynesia
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What's happened with no one posting ?
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  • Name: Sammy Venables
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    • Base Airport: Dunstable
    • Years of experience flying as PIC: 45
    • Aircraft Flown: ASK 12/21/23 ASW19b, Duo Discus, DG505, ASH 25, ASH 25 EB 28, Perkoz
    • Favourite Aircraft Flown: ASW 19b
  • Interested in military/civil aircraft: Civil
  • Favourite Aircraft: 757
  • Most exotic country you've travelled to: Dubai
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