The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly

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  1. glockman66

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    Twenty brand new Spitfires are on their way back to Britain after being buried 4 to 6 feet deep since the end of WWII. Now if the United States could only get our M1 Garands and M1 Carbines back from Sourth Korea.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-Burma-Find-20-buried-Spitfires-make-fly.html
    The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly
    By Kirsty Walker
    PUBLISHED: 18:17 EST, 13 April 2012 | UPDATED: 05:17 EST, 14 April 2012
     
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  2. tongix

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    That is good news. Burma is opening up to the west after many years of being a hermit.
     

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    This is terrific. I predict they will find a lot of other goodies when the aircraft are found.
     
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    How about the weapons we lent to Britain? We lent them all those firearms and they destroyed them.

    Jerks.
     
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    Jusr so this doe not go the way of the idiot who burned up the B-29 trying to fly it off the ice on a $10 budget.

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    Thank you FDR.

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    There are only seven Spits still flying in original configuration. All the others have been double-seated for paying flights so if they can even get two or three airworthy from this find, it would be a tremendous achievement. I'm going to guess that these will turn out to be mark VIIs with the Merlin 61. Could be Packards or Griffons though, since they dealt with wet climates better than the XX or XXI.




    <<< will be watching this story closely...
     
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    Yeah that pissed me off. Then they sat there and watched it burn like "oh well".
     
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    The Spitfire was a Classic

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    What do you want them to do? You have any idea how hot/fast airplanes burn?


    Good luck getting that to stop with anything short of a full airfield crash/recovery unit. Even then they're almost always catastrophic fires.
     
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    The point is, do not even risk the takeoff. Do not attempt to salvage history on a shoestring. They were rushed to get the plane out that season. If they had waited until next year and done an exhaustive preflight check, the fire would never have started.

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    Possibly. B-29 engines were well known for having issues and catching fire was one of those issues.


    As for an "exhaustive preflight check" its not really possible on a plane that size. By the time you've done any "exhaustive" checks, and reach the other end of the plane, you pretty much have to start all over and do it again. :rofl:
     
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    It was not an engine fire that destroyed the aircraft. It was a loose piece of auxiliary equipment in the fuselage.

    If you found an historic aircraft, would it not be wise to run up the engines and check other things before just starting up and trying to fly?

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    "Brand new" Mk.IIs in 1945? Sounds fishy.
     
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    It was a jury rigged fuel supply line for an APU.
     
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    I was about to correct you; I had always thought it was jerry rigged...

    I guess not:

     
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    .....there is a'nuther term I could of used but thought better of it!
     
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    I used to hear it used quite a bit in the 70's among some of my white trash relatives; haven't heard it used in decades, though...