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(Fox News)   60 Spitfires . . . crated, hid . . . 70 years later . . . up for bid . . . -- Burma planes   (foxnews.com) divider line 226
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2012-10-17 11:28:32 PM
Bravo, subby. Bravo.
 
2012-10-17 11:40:24 PM
Are they compatible with my Thrustmaster joysticks? I've had a bit of trouble in the past.
 
2012-10-17 11:46:52 PM
Heh... nice
 
2012-10-17 11:50:29 PM
Cool headline, cool story. Thanks.
 
2012-10-18 12:24:00 AM
*golf clap*
 
2012-10-18 12:51:11 AM
10 million quatloos.
 
2012-10-18 12:51:33 AM
Wow, they're Griffon-engined Spit Mk.XIVs. Very late war, very high performance Spits. Some very rich guys are going to have lots of fun before auguring them in.

/bravo for subby
 
2012-10-18 01:44:54 AM
I heart subby.
 
2012-10-18 01:49:38 AM
We should keep a few for that post apocalyptic movie ace-in-the-hole scenario. Oh and bury some plasma rifles for me.
 
2012-10-18 02:27:05 AM
I love how fox walks that line on the whole Burma thing.

Headline = Burma signs deal to dig up buried World War II planes

URL = http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/17/myanmar-signs-deal-to-dig-up-b uried-wwii-planes


/They can be Myanmar when they grow up and play by the rules.
//Burma it is then.
 
2012-10-18 02:27:50 AM
Hmm. I wont complain, but, this is a follow-up to the original thread that was here about, oh, 6 months or so ago, perhaps longer than that when they were discovered.
Anyhow- Good on you, Burma, for rejoining the rest of the world . Please keep going in that direction.
And good on ya , Subby . Many here do like old planes and all that. Cheers
 
2012-10-18 02:31:07 AM
This is an amazing find. There are about 30 working Spitfires in the world today, this could more than double their numbers.
 
2012-10-18 02:32:35 AM
are there glaciers in Burma?

upload.wikimedia.org

/farking assholes should have burned up with the plane
 
2012-10-18 02:35:41 AM
They're hidden in the locations of the letters B-U-R-M-A on a large map of the country.

/Wilder spoiler
 
2012-10-18 02:36:05 AM
Surprised and pleased that these will be leaving Burma/Myanmar, given how hard it is to get wrecks out of some places in the Pacific because local governments won't let them go despite the fact they are just letting them rot in the jungle and don't have any resources to do anything else with them.

Hopefully in a few years many more people will be as lucky as I am living near the Flying Heritage Collection and the Historic Flight Foundation and get to see WW2 warbirds and specifically Spitfires in the air and get to hear Merlins roaring.
 
2012-10-18 02:37:04 AM
i564.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-18 02:38:46 AM
Look, we can't all do "big arms". We'll look like a squadron of Spitfires, for fark's sake!
 
2012-10-18 02:44:17 AM
I'd congratulate subby, but you already know you did good.
 
2012-10-18 02:46:20 AM
Htoo Htoo Zaw? Zounds!

/Yeah, making fun of names is childish
 
2012-10-18 02:51:19 AM

girl6: Look, we can't all do "big arms". We'll look like a squadron of Spitfires, for fark's sake!


Leonardo? You got that one?

Ok.. now a fun one...
 
2012-10-18 02:52:53 AM
The Fark article is saying 60 Spits and the link by Vossiewulf is saying 20. That is quite a discrepancy. Which is accurate?
 
2012-10-18 02:56:39 AM
www.myclassiclyrics.com
 
2012-10-18 03:00:16 AM

DreamSnipers: The Fark article is saying 60 Spits and the link by Vossiewulf is saying 20. That is quite a discrepancy. Which is accurate?


To be fair these are -estimates-
 
2012-10-18 03:01:11 AM

dofus: Htoo Htoo Zaw? Zounds!
/Yeah, making fun of names is childish


My Thai brother-in-law's nickname is Htoo Htoo. And I give you permission to laugh.
He's a farktard.
 
2012-10-18 03:01:46 AM
Yeah, things buried that long always survive surprisingly well.

Or not ;)

i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-18 03:05:57 AM

encyclopediaplushuman: DreamSnipers: The Fark article is saying 60 Spits and the link by Vossiewulf is saying 20. That is quite a discrepancy. Which is accurate?

To be fair these are -estimates-


I hope it is 60+. The Spitfire to me is the most beautiful aircraft ever built, in particular the Mark IX. True these are supposed to be Mark XIV's, they are still lovely.
 
2012-10-18 03:06:00 AM

SpinStopper: Yeah, things buried that long always survive surprisingly well.

Or not ;)


They were packed in crates still covered in packing grease and covered in paper in addition to being buried in crates. These things are nearly perfectly preserved.
 
2012-10-18 03:08:32 AM

DreamSnipers: encyclopediaplushuman: DreamSnipers: The Fark article is saying 60 Spits and the link by Vossiewulf is saying 20. That is quite a discrepancy. Which is accurate?

To be fair these are -estimates-

I hope it is 60+. The Spitfire to me is the most beautiful aircraft ever built, in particular the Mark IX. True these are supposed to be Mark XIV's, they are still lovely.


It was a damn good aircraft, that much is certain. I would prefer more planes as well, but that being said, I'd prefer less planes better preserved than more planes less preserved.
 
2012-10-18 03:08:57 AM

encyclopediaplushuman: SpinStopper: Yeah, things buried that long always survive surprisingly well.

Or not ;)

They were packed in crates still covered in packing grease and covered in paper in addition to being buried in crates. These things are nearly perfectly preserved.


I sincerely hope that you are correct! I would be delighted to see that many vintage Spitfires see the current light of day ;)
 
2012-10-18 03:11:13 AM

SpinStopper: encyclopediaplushuman: SpinStopper: Yeah, things buried that long always survive surprisingly well.

Or not ;)

They were packed in crates still covered in packing grease and covered in paper in addition to being buried in crates. These things are nearly perfectly preserved.

I sincerely hope that you are correct! I would be delighted to see that many vintage Spitfires see the current light of day ;)


Imagine, WWII era planes with virtually no rust or wear. Big wads of cash will be paid for them...but the best belong in museums.
 
2012-10-18 03:16:54 AM
If I had the money, I'd buy one for my local museum with the provision I get to fly it a few times a year.
 
2012-10-18 03:17:21 AM

encyclopediaplushuman: but the best belong in museums.


i55.tinypic.com

/Obligatory, hot.
 
2012-10-18 03:24:49 AM
I live fairly near where Reginald Mitchell was born, one flew over our house only a couple of weeks ago.

nicccceee....
 
2012-10-18 03:31:17 AM
Link
Sopwith Camel and Spitfire flying in formation.
 
2012-10-18 03:37:58 AM
Holy crap

I want one
 
2012-10-18 03:40:03 AM

dj_bigbird: Cool headline, cool story. Thanks.


...burma shave.
 
2012-10-18 03:44:03 AM
Coolest headline and story I read all day, awesomemitter. Thanks.
 
2012-10-18 03:44:24 AM

vossiewulf: Wow, they're Griffon-engined Spit Mk.XIVs. Very late war, very high performance Spits. Some very rich guys are going to have lots of fun before auguring them in.

/bravo for subby


Yeah, so they were buried to keep them out of the hands of "the invading Japanese" makes no sense. Buried at the end of the war because everyone was sick of this shiat and wanted to go home, more like.
 
2012-10-18 03:45:07 AM
ferget spitfires, theres a Stug IV up on ebay at the moment. would much rather have a wehrmacht assault gun than a plane. but i concede that is personal preference.
 
2012-10-18 03:46:20 AM
also... sorry lads... .dont get the headline. Subby's too cool/smart for me. someone 'asplain?
 
2012-10-18 03:55:54 AM
Awesome headline. HOTY candidate.
 
2012-10-18 04:07:07 AM
My grandad (who I never got to meet) was stationed in Burma during WW II and was an RAF tech. Some of these planes that are going to be dug up, would have been ones he worked on. It would be great if they can be restored to their former glory. Spitifres and Mustangs, proper beauts of the skies...
 
2012-10-18 04:20:10 AM
Suede head: Yeah, so they were buried to keep them out of the hands of "the invading Japanese" makes no sense. Buried at the end of the war because everyone was sick of this shiat and wanted to go home, more like.

Something like that.
Today's Times says that "they were deemed to expensive to bring home, but rather than leave them intact in an unstable country, the decision was made to bury them in their transportation crates - carefully greased and tarred and wrapped in greaseproof paper to preserve them... According to Mr Cundall's research some 124 Spitfires were buried this way at five sites."
 
2012-10-18 04:34:35 AM

Father_Jack: also... sorry lads... .dont get the headline. Subby's too cool/smart for me. someone 'asplain?


spydersden.files.wordpress.com 

Signs like these, one after another with the verses broken up on a long string of signs, were huge in the US back in the day. They were fading out by the 60's though, so I only remember seeing a few.
 
2012-10-18 04:34:47 AM

ethics-gradient: Suede head: Yeah, so they were buried to keep them out of the hands of "the invading Japanese" makes no sense. Buried at the end of the war because everyone was sick of this shiat and wanted to go home, more like.

Something like that.
Today's Times says that "they were deemed to expensive to bring home, but rather than leave them intact in an unstable country, the decision was made to bury them in their transportation crates - carefully greased and tarred and wrapped in greaseproof paper to preserve them... According to Mr Cundall's research some 124 Spitfires were buried this way at five sites."


Reminds me of those „irish contract" enfield rifles made in 1955, the last batch of enfield noIV mk iis ever made. Ist crazy unwrapping one and holding in your hands a rifle that was made 50 years ago at the ROF in Fazakerly, dipped in cosmoline, and wrapped like a mummy, and be the first person to lay eyes on something made quite some time ago.

I can just picture what these will look and smell like when theyre eventually dug up and unwrapped.
 
2012-10-18 04:41:10 AM

0Icky0: Father_Jack: also... sorry lads... .dont get the headline. Subby's too cool/smart for me. someone 'asplain?

[spydersden.files.wordpress.com image 350x238] 

Signs like these, one after another with the verses broken up on a long string of signs, were huge in the US back in the day. They were fading out by the 60's though, so I only remember seeing a few.


thanky.
 
2012-10-18 04:52:35 AM

Medic Zero: Surprised and pleased that these will be leaving Burma/Myanmar, given how hard it is to get wrecks out of some places in the Pacific because local governments won't let them go despite the fact they are just letting them rot in the jungle and don't have any resources to do anything else with them.

Hopefully in a few years many more people will be as lucky as I am living near the Flying Heritage Collection and the Historic Flight Foundation and get to see WW2 warbirds and specifically Spitfires in the air and get to hear Merlins roaring.


Bah spitfires are a dime a dozen. When you see this flying, it's magic.
Seriously this is great news though. There are tons of German planes that can be recovered (including some jets) but there is no motivation since the German govt would yoink them the moment they see the light of day.
 
2012-10-18 05:04:40 AM

rikkards:

Bah spitfires are a dime a dozen. When you see this flying, it's magic.


Oh yes - the Lanc is a great plane, very few about now. My grandfather used to fly them, along with the Spitfires and Wellington bombers - my folks live half a mile from a private airstrip, they hold a massive military show every year and it's a joy to watch these old planes buzzing about low in the sky practising for the show etc - i just need to have the funds to invest in a decent dSLR camera and lens, will have some epic photos once i do!!!
 
2012-10-18 05:09:09 AM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: They're hidden in the locations of the letters B-U-R-M-A on a large map of the country.

/Wilder spoiler


One of my top favorite - unintentionally funny - movies. Eric VonStroheim as Rommel has to be seen. It can't be explained.
 
2012-10-18 05:12:40 AM
Best commercial ever. Two Spitfires going down a turf runway: the plane and the car.

How I wanted that plane!

But my favorite WWII warbird is still the P40.
 
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