20 Spitfire Mk IIs found in Burma

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Sav'nBass, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    20 Spitfire Mk IIs found in Burma in crates and in near pristine condition.

    This is an incredible find!!! Imagine 20 machines from 1945 ... which there are only around 35 left in operation today.. and they find 20 of them packed in crates and buried for over 60 years... WOW!!
  2. link broken :(
  3. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
  4. Wow ... that's really cool if they're actually in mint condition, ore restorable.
  5. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    The value of the other 35 just took a hit...
  6. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach

    Yeah for sure... these planes are brand new.. and they are packed in crates... with wax paper on them and the whole bit.. because they were buried they may even be flight worthy out of the box... You are talking about 20 brand new Spitfires.. at the most they may need engine seals or hydraulic seals .. maybe..
  7. Mk II's would be earlier than '45, more like 40-41. Wild.
  8. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    cool find. pretty troubled country to find them in, though! anyone know how they got there? were they some Junta official's retirement plan?
  9. aim9guy


    Apr 8, 2012
    Mobile, Alabama
    Very cool!
    Mk II's are esp. rare. The later spits are flying now. I just finished a 1:32 kit of the mk IX, for a gentleman in France. Great looking airplanes!

  10. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
  11. Awesome for sure.
  12. From: The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly | Mail Online
  13. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
  14. An amazing discovery. Makes me wonder just what else from WW2 may be out there waiting to be discovered.
  15. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    That is astoundingly cool.
  16. Damn "21,000 were originally produced" thats a very small percent of whats left. I understand a lot were lost and so forth due to the war and nededing metal afterwards.

    Anyways cool story , i wanna see photos of them being pulled out of crates.
  17. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I hope they turn this into a documentary. The thought of unearthing 20 historical airplanes and hopefully building them is a monumental task that I'm sure aviation enthusiasts all over the world would love to follow.
  18. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Yes .... but as stated they were buried in 45. I believe it was MkIs & MkIis and Hurricains at The Battle of Britain. The Hurricanes actually bore the brunt as far as fighters go.
  19. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    Endorsing artist: Bergantino Audio Systems and GHS Strings
    That would be a great documentary indeed!
  20. Entirely correct on the B of B bit. On *45* vs *40-41* I was just feelin all Smarty McSmartSmart for knowing that Mk IIs would not be in frontline British service in 45. :)