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2012/04/14 16:26:11 (permalink)
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Buried aircraft

I couldn't begin to count the number of times I've seen posts about buried aircraft and parts that people hope to find.
 
Looks like the British might be able to recover some Spitfires, as long as things work out with Burma (and there's no guarantee there).
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17710598

"British and Burmese authorities could work together to find 20 Spitfires buried in Burma at the end of the World War II, officials say."

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    captn71
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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/14 18:18:27 (permalink)
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    If they are found it will be interesting to see how ownership of the Spits is debated, especially since the Burmese govt. is showing "great interest in restoring them".  Stay tuned......
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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/15 02:50:35 (permalink)
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    I call BS.
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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/15 08:14:41 (permalink)
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    I wouldn't necessarily call BS on that. I've been told numerous stories by vets of how they buried things just to get rid if them. There was even the story a few years back from France where they found and excavated a Stuart tank that had been used to fill in crater in a road to make it passable. They simply drove it in and filled the rest of the hole with dirt. Especially after the war, they were burying things left and right so they didn't have to deal with inventorying them and getting them home.
     
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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/15 11:00:57 (permalink)
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    I was surfing for information on the SR-71 yesterday and ran across this site:
    www.habu.org    The site is dedicated to tracking the Blackbirds ("habu" = local Japanese word for the aircraft referring to an indigenous snake) and lists crashes and accidents.
     
    The "Rapid Rabbit," 61-7978, suffered a landing crash at Kadena AFB:
    "She was lost on Thursday, July 20, 1972 ... The braking parachute failed to slow the aircraft, forcing pilot Denny Bush to turn the landing attempt into a touch-and-go and try for a second go-round. He released the chute, took off, and attempted another landing. ... On the second attempt, Bush could not slow the aircraft down in time and she ran off the end of the runway, breaking the main landing gear and damaging more than just the paint on her underside. He and his RSO Jimmy Fagg escaped serious injury, but 978 was a total loss. She was buried under a berm at the end of the runway, which is called "Habu Mountain" or "Habu Hill" depending on who you ask."
     
    A future reclamation/restoration project, perhaps?
     

     
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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/15 16:33:43 (permalink)
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    I have to go along with Bill .... my dad was on and AKA ( Attack Cargo ) ship at the end of the war, just having made a full run from Hawaii. He always told us they dumped EVERYTHING in very shallow harbor water to make room for personnel to take back home. Trucks, tanks, ammo, batteries ... if I remember correctly, seems he said they spent 2 or 3 days dumping all cargo.
    I have read several accounts of burying aircraft, unfortunately, I think I recall stories of digging large holes, taxiing the planes in them, them running over the planes with bulldozers to crunch 'em down to make room for another layer ... 

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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/15 23:28:39 (permalink)
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    willieg1964

    I wouldn't necessarily call BS on that. I've been told numerous stories by vets of how they buried things just to get rid if them. There was even the story a few years back from France where they found and excavated a Stuart tank that had been used to fill in crater in a road to make it passable. They simply drove it in and filled the rest of the hole with dirt. Especially after the war, they were burying things left and right so they didn't have to deal with inventorying them and getting them home.

    Bill

     
    My fault. let me clarify a bit. I've read many a story to about stuff being buried after the war and have seen pics from a couple of them that were dug up. They were both mainly garbege dumps on former 8th AF bases so they were full of B-17 parts. BUT to be able to find a large number of aircraft in the shipping crates just seems to good to be true. One article I read on this almost made it sound like they could be dug up, dusted off, fueled and flown right out of the box.
    Not gonna lie, I do have my fingers crossed.

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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/19 09:32:25 (permalink)

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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/19 09:59:19 (permalink)
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    A friend of mine sent me that link as well.  It says the planes were still disassembled in the crates used to ship them overseas when they were buried.
     
    I have some old Air Classics magazines and I recall a story about former US fighters (I think they were P-47s) that had been sent to South America.  They were just dumped into a river when they were declared surplus.  There was another story with a photo of part of a German jet bomber that had been dumped into a river in the US on a Naval base after they were done with it.
     
    In college I remember seeing an old photo reprinted in the school newspaper.  It showed a German jet fighter (He-162) that the college had to use in the aeronautical engineering department.  I always wondered if it might have gotten tucked away in some forgotten warehouse or storage area under the football stadium.
     
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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/19 10:44:57 (permalink)

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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/20 14:35:36 (permalink)
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    You can bet your life that a TV production company or two will be standing by to pounce if this turns out to be genuine. I'm always intrigued by the tales of US. Army jeeps buried intact in the fields of East Anglia. I've heard people claim that they may have dug huge holes an drive them into the ground before they returned to the States.
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    Re:Buried aircraft 2012/04/23 11:37:14 (permalink)
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    I think buried equipment stories in the service are pretty common. One comes from Fort Knox where a couple of M-48 tanks, surplus to allocation, were buried in order to pass an IG inspection. The unit didn't get back around to retrieving them and the location was eventually forgotten except by GI urban legend. 

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    Re:Buried aircraft 2013/02/16 12:07:11 (permalink)
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    They've had nothing but trouble, and dry (or wet) holes so far.
     
    But, this article from the Associated Press has a few issues of its own.  I quote it here, in its entirety, purely for entertainment purposes only. 
     

    Global video gaming company that backed search for WWII fighter jets says no planes in Myanmar
    Published February 16, 2013
    Associated Press

    YANGON, MYANMAR –  A global video gaming company that funded a search for dozens of World War II-era British fighter jets in Myanmar says none of the legendary planes are buried in the Southeast Asian country.

    Aviation enthusiasts hunting for the lost planes believe as many as 140 Spitfires were hidden in crates in pristine condition in three Myanmar locations.

    But the Belarusian video gaming company Wargaming.net, which is backing the venture, said in a statement it no longer believes the planes were even delivered to the country by Allied forces as the war drew to a close nearly 70 years ago.

    However, the search venture's local partners said Saturday they have not given up and are still conducting surveys near the international airport in Yangon, Myanmar's main city, and another northern town.

    http://www.foxnews.com/wo...-fighter-jets-says-no/
     

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    Re: Buried aircraft 2013/04/02 15:13:46 (permalink)
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    How about these dumped aircraft in the South Pacific...  Guess the US Navy once again does not want anyone to salvage them (just like the TBD's)
     
    http://untoldvalor.blogspot.com/2008/10/dan-farnham-finds-wwii-history-under.html
     
     

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