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Spitfires Buried In Burma Could Fly Again
A search has begun for 20 "lost" Spitfires that were buried in Burma during the Second World War - but are set to return to the skies.
David Cameron and Burmese president Thein Sein have agreed to work together to find and restore the iconic aircraft as part of a thaw in relations between the two countries.
Evidence of the Spitfires' existence was uncovered years ago by amateur aviation enthusiast, who have been unable to unearth their potential locations.
British statesman Earl Mountbatten ordered the RAF to bury them in the summer of 1945 amid fears that they could be either used or destroyed by Japanese forces.
But within weeks, the atom bomb was dropped to end the conflict, and the brand new planes - which were in crates and yet to be assembled - were seemingly forgotten.
Experts from Leeds University have linked up with an academic based in Rangoon and believe they have identified the sites where the craft are concealed using sophisticated radar techniques.
Although around 21,000 Spitfires were built during the war effort, only 35 are believed to be in flying condition today.
Mr Cameron raised the issue during talks with Mr Sein, who officials said was "very enthusiastic".
If the planes can be salvaged, some could potentially go on display in Burma.
A Downing Street source said: "The Spitfire is arguably the most important plane in the history of aviation, playing a crucial role in the Second World War.
"It is hoped this will be an opportunity to work with the reforming Burmese government, uncover, restore and display these fighter planes and get them gracing the skies of Britain once again."
what do you think?
As much as i like to see these iconic machines grace the skies i feel it takes the mick when the government has no cash for education, hospitals etc but can no doubt find millions to spend on this project
Yep good ole Dave, scrap £4.5bn worth of maritime patrol aircraft, then consider digging up several World War 2 aircraft. He'll probably ask if we can sell them to the Burmese military regime.
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Can't sell them. We will need them if Argentina kicks off
Dont worry they wont fly again how can they with fuel at £1.57 a ltr i know its not the same fuel but im sure it will cost as much
This would be great to find and restore these aeroplanes, I only hope they will be kept here and not sold to American flying enthusiasts.
We could at least bring them back and store them. At present there are more important things to worry about, than restoring them to flying order and after nearly 70 years buried in a monsoon region, they are going to need a bit more than a wire brush and Hammerite!!
ohh so we got money to spend on this have we,Iam sure that there are more important things than this
Achtung Spitfire! Donner und Blitzen! Hande hoch! For you Tommy, ze var ist over.
Millions of Pounds cut of britains defence leading to much loss of life by our brave troops who are sent to fight other peoples wars but it seems that cameron & his cronies can find millions to spend on such a pointless & rediculous exercise as this