Fascinating story here:
Some of the photos:
too cool. lots of big aviation finds lately, this and the buried squadron in burma
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In****ingcredible. That region of the desert must not see much wind, otherwise all that stuff should be buried and/or scattered across the landscape. The fact that the pilot's parachute is still there is extremely eerie yet astounding. The tires on the landing gear are even still intact.
The only thing that would make the story more amazing is if they do succeed in recovering the pilot's remains. Talk about a needle in a haystack.
The P-40 had quite a few variants, and was used a lot by the Allied forces in North Africa and the Middle East. Though packing a supercharged Allison V-12, it was considered an inferior craft to the hot German planes of the time, which were packing dual-stage superchargers.
The front is gone because of the landing, I presume. When the prop hit the ground, it must've taken the reduction box with it.
I doubt the tire is still inflated. Probably has a stiff sidewall, so it looks inflated.