Did they ever find the Spitfires buried in Burma?

Did they ever find the Spitfires buried in Burma?

Archaeologists have called off a hunt for World War II Spitfires in Burma. Originally it was thought as many as 124 Spitfires were buried by the RAF at the end of the war but they have now concluded it was a myth.

Where are the buried Spitfires?

Originally it was thought as many as 124 Spitfires were buried by the RAF at the end of the war but they have now concluded it was a myth. A dig at the international airport near the city of Rangoon, which used to be RAF Mingaladon, has drawn a blank.

How many Spitfires still exist?

Around 240 are known to exist. Of these, around 60 are airworthy. 70-odd are used for static display and around 110 across the world are either held in storage or are being actively restored. Unsurprisingly, it’s the United Kingdom that has the largest number of airworthy Spitfires remaining (30 out of the 60).

When was the last service Spitfire?

Spitfires remained in RAF service after the end of the Second World War. The last RAF Spitfire mission was on 1 April 1954. This was a photographic reconnaissance flight in Malaysia, searching for communist guerrillas. Spitfires remain flying with the RAF today, as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

What happened to the prototype Spitfire?

The aircraft underwent progressive modifications throughout its life, eventually being converted to near-production standard. It crash-landed several times, finally crashing fatally and being written off just as World War II was breaking out.

Why are planes buried?

An aircraft boneyard or aircraft graveyard is a storage area for aircraft that are retired from service. Most aircraft at boneyards are either kept for storage with some maintenance or have their parts removed for reuse or resale and are then scrapped.

Are Spitfires still being built?

Seventy years after the Battle of Britain, authentic Spitfires are still being produced on the Isle of Wight. The company has re-built over 40 airworthy planes from wreckage and genuine Spitfire spare parts. Each has “the heart and soul” of a Spitfire, according to managing director Steve Vizard.

How much does a Spitfire cost?

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How much does a replica Spitfire cost?

80% or 90% scale replica Supermarine Mk IX Spitfire. Experimental weight category. Pricing: Mk26B (90% scale) – US$165,000 kit only.

How many planes did the Spitfire shoot down?

The Spitfire entered service with No. 19 Squadron at Duxford in August 1938. Production was slow at first, but by September 1940 it was in service with 18 RAF squadrons. Spitfires shot down a total of 529 enemy aircraft, for a loss of 230 of their own.

Where were the guns on a Spitfire?

If machine guns were used, they were used in the outboard position. The “a” and “b” wings were not used after the Spitfire V.

What Colour was the prototype Spitfire?

Eventually, K5054 emerged as the pattern for the production version of the Spitfire Mk. I. At the later stage of its career it was camouflaged in standard RAF scheme of Dark Green and Dark Earth over silver lower surfaces.

Is there a mysterious Spitfire burial ground in Myanmar?

Some years ago an aircraft enthusiast got media coverage around the world by claiming the existence of a mysterious Spitfire burial ground in Myanmar, which was once called Burma. David Cundall from the UK claimed that 140 of the Royal Air Force planes had been buried at the end of WWII to prevent the Japanese from finding and using them.

Could buried Spitfires return to the air within three years?

Buried squadron of spitfires discovered in the Burmese jungle after being tracked down by a British plane enthusiast could take to the skies again ‘within three years’. Farmer David Cundall worked for 16 years to find where the planes were buried in crates.

How many British planes were buried in the Burmese jungle?

Saved for posterity: The historic planes were buried in the Burmese jungle in August 1945 At least 36 – and potentially as many as 60 – of the British fighter planes are believed to have been buried in the Burmese jungle towards the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Where are the lost Spitfires of WW2?

Lost: One of the Spitfires (pictured: the tail fins) being crated up in Burma in 1945 ready to be buried In all three groups have been given permission to look for the planes, but only Mr Cundall – who eventually located the planes using ground penetrating radar equipment – was able to find anything.