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Fighter plane from World War II found

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by RS12, May 11, 2012.

  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    A fighter plane from World War II that crashed in the Sahara 70 years ago has been unearthed, and holds clues to a missing pilot.

    The Telegraph reports that the intact American-made Curtiss Kittyhawk P-40, which had remained untouched since its crash landing in 1942, was discovered by a Polish oil company worker, Jakub Perka, who was exploring a remote region of the Western Desert in Egypt, about 200 miles from the nearest town.

    It is believed that the airman, Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, initially survived the crash, because a parachute found at the scene looks to have been used as a makeshift shelter. But no trace of the body was found, leaving experts to believe the pilot walked away from the flight, then walked to his death in a hopeless attempt to find civilization.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/fighter-plane-world-war-ii-found-194133295.html
  2. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    I was just coming to post this. Did you see the video of the plane? The sand preserved it in amazing condition.
  3. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Man that is awesome.
  4. dreghorn2

    dreghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    Just incredibly cool, love any WW2 coverage.
  5. Cowboy Junkie

    Cowboy Junkie leonargized

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    Couldnt have said it better myself
  6. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    This reminds me of that twilight zone episode where the WW2 ghost crew of a B-25 waited until the one that bailed out on them found them.

    Where that crash was is one of the most unknown places left in what is supposed to be already explored area; even the Bedoins had no reason to go into that area. So it is no surprise that 70 years later it was untouched.

    I feel for that pilot- he must have known early on he was a walking dead man.
  7. Dodger

    Dodger Indomitable

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    I wonder about the rest of the story and if the RAF has more information on the pilot and his flight.
  8. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    There was something about that the plane should have never been in that area. There's nothing there!
    :confused:
  9. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    I seem to recall they found a B-24,named the "Lady Be Good",about 20-30 years ago,under the same circumstances. If memory recalls,it was in very good shape,also. They never found the crew of it,either.
  10. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Correction from my previous...The "Lady Be Good" was found in the Lybian desert 54 years ago!
  11. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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  12. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    You can see where Mother Nature sand blasted the paint down to shiny metal. Amazing photo.

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