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Hunt for buried airplanes in Myanmar

A team from the UK is seeking to uncover some 30 Spitfire planes that are thought to be buried in Myanmar at the end of World War II. Excavations begin in January.

UK dig team hunts for WWII Spitfires in Myanmar
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 28 November 2012

British farmer hunts buried Spitfires in Myanmar
Reuters, via The Malaysian Insider, 02 December 2012

A British team preparing to dig for a rumoured hoard of World War II Spitfire planes in Myanmar said Wednesday it would be one of the most fascinating discoveries in aviation archaeology if they were found.

The team believe there could be 36 of the iconic single-seat British fighter aircraft buried in sealed crates up to 10 metres beneath Yangon International Airport, a wartime airfield, with more at two other sites in Myanmar.

Britain, the former colonial power in what was then Burma, is thought to have buried the brand new planes in 1945 as they were surplus by the time they arrived by sea.

The dig, set to start in early January, has excited military history and aviation enthusiasts around the world.

Full story here.

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