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Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

What a remarkable and unbelievable story.



Frozen in the sands of time: Eerie Second World War RAF fighter plane discovered in the Sahara... 70 years after it crashed in the desert

Pilot of the Kittyhawk P-40 was thought to have survived crash, but died trying to walk out of the desert

Aircraft was found almost perfectly preserved, unseen and untouched, after it came down in 1942

Historian describes find as 'an incredible time capsule' and 'the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1yE3289q2
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Old 19.06.2012, 20:09
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

They'll be finding double-deckers on the moon next.
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Old 19.06.2012, 20:17
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

Junkers 88:

http://www.thelocal.de/national/20120617-43205.html
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Old 19.06.2012, 20:21
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

That poor pilot --to die while wandering alone in the Sahara. I bet he wished he had died in the crash.
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Old 19.06.2012, 20:28
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

Great story indeed, and yes, what that pilot must have been through is horrific to contemplate.

Thanks for sharing
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

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What a remarkable and unbelievable story.



Frozen in the sands of time: Eerie Second World War RAF fighter plane discovered in the Sahara... 70 years after it crashed in the desert

Pilot of the Kittyhawk P-40 was thought to have survived crash, but died trying to walk out of the desert

Aircraft was found almost perfectly preserved, unseen and untouched, after it came down in 1942

Historian describes find as 'an incredible time capsule' and 'the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1yE3289q2
Interesting thing indeed, but what to do if landing in the desert and not being in contact with anybody. Horrible. The only chance is to try to walk. to walk after sunrise until late morning and then again from late afternoon until sunset, but the paramount problem is where to stay during the middle of the day. The distance, and the lack of water add to the horror

After the end of Nazi-Germany such airplanes were scrapped. Here is an interesting artefact for an airplane museum.

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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

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The aircraft, originally thought to be a Ju 87, is now believed to be a Junkers 88, which is almost twice as big, according to newspaper reports.

Experts at the Bundeswehr Military History Musuem in Sassnitz who have been taking part in the excavation, told Focus magazine on Friday that new plane parts have been uncovered which suggest the plane is a larger model than previously thought.

It’s probably a Ju 88, which was almost twice as big,” museum spokesman Sebastian Bangert told the magazine.
I love the way the local paraphrases... pulitzer price material.
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

I have seen similar stuff - I lived in Libya (1982 to 1984) and the beach around Ras Lanuf was littered with the very-well preserved remnants of WWII. You name it, it was there. Old bullet shells, radios (some even with the batteries still in), clothing, everything. I still have an old US Navy Costguard sign at home that I found there.

But I did get told off by my parents when I discovered what I thought was a pot of red powder paint (was a smoke-bomb)

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Old 20.06.2012, 09:49
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

It's sort of reminiscent of Clyde Cussler's Sahara (not that I would ever read every book in a trashy series like that ). I think in that one it was Amelia Earhart's plane that he found in the Sahara 80 years later, though I can't remember the details....
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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

I once came across a couple of Vietnam war aircraft in the Arizona desert.

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Re: Frozen in the sands of time: WWII plane found in the Sahara 70 years after crash

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Historian describes find as 'an incredible time capsule' and 'the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb'
Nah, it is a crashed plane, not the equivalent of an untouched tomb... I'd resever that term for the Burma spitfires - factory new pieces burried waxed and tarred in their transport boxes...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...ned-to-UK.html
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