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    Thread: OT: WWll plane discovered 70 years after crash in Sahara

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      05-11-2012 07:33 PM #1
      Fascinating story here:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...st_read_module


      Some of the photos:




















    2. 05-11-2012 07:53 PM #2
      Cant believe that's been sitting there for 65 years!

      Amazing.

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      05-11-2012 07:56 PM #3
      Amazing!
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      05-11-2012 07:56 PM #4
      P-40...cool, looks save-able.
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      05-11-2012 07:59 PM #5
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      05-11-2012 08:13 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Newbie16ver View Post
      Cant believe that's been sitting there for 65 years!

      Amazing.
      This and also that it's not buried in sand with the debris still along side it. That pilot must have been in a world of hurt, surviving that crash then being stranded literally in the middle of nowhere.

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      05-11-2012 08:26 PM #9


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      05-11-2012 08:31 PM #10
      That's nuts.

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      05-11-2012 09:09 PM #11
      I want to know what happened to the pilot!
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      05-11-2012 11:13 PM #13


      Hrmmm, maybe....

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      05-11-2012 11:28 PM #14
      The article said the pilot tried to start the engine. Not with the crankcase he didn't.


      **edit, i can't find that article I'm mocking. Never mind.
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      05-11-2012 11:33 PM #15
      wow this is like discovering dinosaur fossils awesome. I have not yet read the article but if the pilot survived this crash, his bones would not be too far from the crash site considering the environment.

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      05-11-2012 11:34 PM #16
      too cool. lots of big aviation finds lately, this and the buried squadron in burma
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      05-12-2012 12:11 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Khyron View Post


      Hrmmm, maybe....
      what?
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      05-12-2012 12:18 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by under the radar View Post
      what?
      It's the Lockheed Electra that Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared. He's saying that if we found this guy's plane, who knows? Maybe she'll turn up as well.

    19. 05-12-2012 12:28 AM #19
      Cool. I am fascinated with military aircraft.
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      05-12-2012 12:29 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      It's the Lockheed Electra that Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared. He's saying that if we found this guy's plane, who knows? Maybe she'll turn up as well.
      i know the plane, i just didn't get what he was saying about it.
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      05-12-2012 12:30 AM #21
      Thye said the pilot survived the crash and was using his parachute for porotection from the sun. He died probably trying to walk out of that desert.
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      05-12-2012 12:32 AM #22
      There's six machine guns in those wings. I'm sure you could find enough usable parts between them to make 2-3 working ones....

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      05-12-2012 12:38 AM #23
      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.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_P-40_Warhawk
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      05-12-2012 12:47 AM #24
      How come the engine looks taken apart? Also, Is that tire still inflated?

      Some really weird things on this. Like, How come some things(like the front) are gone, but the bodywork around it are intact? Did it rust? What material would it be made of?


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      05-12-2012 12:53 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by GTE77 View Post
      Like, How come some things(like the front) are gone, but the bodywork around it are intact? Did it rust? What material would it be made of?

      The tail surfaces are gone because they were made of canvas, which must've rotted away decades ago.

      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.


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