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01-05-2013 12:43 PM  5 years agoPost 1
shawmcky

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01-05-2013 12:46 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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Possibly up to 36 crated planes buried in preservative coatings,a dream come true for WW2 aviation enthusiasts perhaps.

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01-05-2013 02:23 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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Definitely a story worth keeping tabs on.This kind of stuff is great to hear. Better than most of the crap they report on. Or worse yet don't report on that would make a real difference.

I love the smell of nitro in the morning..

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01-05-2013 02:39 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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This story has been in the news here yesterday,the loose ends have been sorted after 16 years of planning and talks,so excavation of the site can now get underway,30ft or more of earth to be removed to get to the containers.Who would like to be there when they find them?

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01-05-2013 02:42 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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01-05-2013 02:44 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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01-05-2013 03:55 PM  5 years agoPost 7
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What a great story!!! I grew up next to a guy that served in the merchant marines during the war. He told me about how, at the end of the war, they DAILY took barges crammed with brand new P-51's and chopped holes in them and shoved them over the side. Imagine that....

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01-07-2013 07:11 PM  5 years agoPost 8
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20929820

I thought this was a hoax. But, I guess the search is real enough.
This update was posted 1/7/2013

Unfortunately, I would have to assume that being buried 30 feet underground for 70 years has resulted in some seriously damaged airframes.
Maybe nothing left except for the outlines and oxidized framework of the metal parts of airframes and engines.

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01-07-2013 07:48 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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maybe only because they were beneath the waterline. But they said they were in their original crates and inside, wrapped in sealants and whatever protective covering material for preservation. Sure would be cool if they came out repairable. Kinda like those p-38s they dug out of the ice in Greenland or Iceland several years ago.

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01-07-2013 09:53 PM  5 years agoPost 10
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Yep - exactly like those.
It turned out they were all garbage - including the B-17.
They recovered one P-38 airframe (now flying as "Glacier Girl" and it took them like 5 years and millions of $$$ to get it airborne.

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01-07-2013 10:02 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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Even if they came out almost perfect, it would still take millions to restore them properly. But I'll bet somebody would spend the money to do it.

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01-08-2013 04:02 AM  5 years agoPost 12
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Hopefully not like the 1957 Belvedere time capsule story...

http://www.allpar.com/history/auto-...me-capsule.html

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01-08-2013 08:57 AM  5 years agoPost 13
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Apparently they left the keys in the Spits and fuel,so they should be able to fly them away with a pre-flight

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01-08-2013 11:11 AM  5 years agoPost 14
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Probably cheaper to build replicas.

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01-08-2013 01:08 PM  5 years agoPost 15
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Apparently they left the keys in the Spits and fuel,so they should be able to fly them away with a pre-fligh
Haha - that's the way they made it sound. Then I heard somebody say 2 things...."buried 30 ft. deep" (why so deep??) and more importantly "beneath the water table"....oops!!!!

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01-08-2013 01:16 PM  5 years agoPost 16
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One would hope the folks throwing money at the excavation have done a bit of research and dig up a bit more than lumps of corroded metal and white powder

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01-08-2013 04:39 PM  5 years agoPost 17
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On airplanes like this all they really need is the aircrafts data plate. Then they build a complete new aircraft slap the recovered data plate on it and call it restored.

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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01-08-2013 05:51 PM  5 years agoPost 18
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reminds me of the film I saw of a group that found a B-29 buried in the ice. They managed to install 4 new engines and got it ready to fly. Unfortunately on the takeoff attempt it hit some big bumps, spilled fuel out of the APU that was running in the back and burned the whole thing to the ground. very sad.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kee_Bird

hope they can recover these spits, at least enough of them to build a few.

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01-08-2013 05:53 PM  5 years agoPost 19
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Saw that B29 footage,how soul destroying after all that effort

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01-20-2013 02:34 PM  5 years agoPost 20
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Latest report,big holes ,no Spits

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