Burma signs deal to unearth dozens of lost WWII planes

Back in April we wrote about a whole bunch of lost World War II Spitfires and the incredible persistence of David Cundall, a British farmer and aviation enthusiast. He has fought for years to win approval to uncover these buried treasures.

Now, 16 years, 12 trips to Burma and over $200,000 later — Cundall and the Burmese government have finally reached an agreement that could allow excavation to begin as early as this month.

Htoo Htoo Zaw, the managing director of Cundall's recovery company Shwe Taung Paw, told Fox News:

"It took 16 years for Mr. David Cundall to locate the planes buried in crates. We estimate that there are at least 60 Spitfires buried and they are in good condition… This will be the largest number of Spitfires in the world. We want to let people see those historic fighters, and the excavation of these fighter planes will further strengthen relations between Burma and Britain."

You'll recall from Evan's post that the Supermarine Spitfire is a very rare, beautiful aircraft of which around 20,000 were produced from 1938 to '48. After the war, nobody knew what to do with them and most met an unceremonious end. Others, though, were packed in crates and buried in Burma — this is the cache we will hopefully get to see as soon as Cundall and his team get to diggin'.

Via Fox News

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