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Mark Joyce
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« on: April 22, 2012, 10:10:09 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFe8CsOdoG8&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9LsK74J_W0

Apparently a Polish oil exploration party in Egypt has stumbled across the crash site of a P-40.  It appears to be a Kittyhawk Mk1a of 260 squadron.  The airplane is in remarkable condition for being in the desert for 70 years.  Hopefully it will be recovered and restored.

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 12:14:49 AM »

It is in great shape but those morons are tearing it up.
Hopefully it can be recovered, studied, and restored befor they strip it completely....
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 12:01:38 AM »

A full set of photos.  I so much hope that this can be saved and restored.
It already looks like the ring sight got stolen since the video....

https://picasaweb.google.com/114682566226043469349/Zdj_samolot?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjxkt6rkNTFKg&feat=directlink#
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 11:34:56 AM »

What an unbelievable set of photographs Smiley.   So much can be learned from that airframe; it's almost like a time machine.  It probably won't be long before we learn the identity of its pilot.  Unfortunately, it's likely he survived the landing but perished in the desert. Hopefully I'm mistaken about that last part.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 12:34:52 PM »

http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/thread/1335282042/Sahara+P-40.+Loads+More+Photos
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 01:12:57 AM »

This news just makes me drool, some one please step in and rescue the little gem.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 09:23:46 AM »

Hopefully this plane can be rescued at some point soon.  Wouldn't think there would be too much deterioration of the metal being in the desert.
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 08:31:39 PM »

This is a new video.
It's sad but you can see souvenir hunters are already getting into it
Now all the canopy glass has been broken out.
Ring sight has been torn off.  Also, the top left cowling is now loose and could blow away now...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzkevVbZL0s
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2012, 01:14:40 PM »

http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/357/language/en-CA/Original-Kittyhawk-HS-B-Discovered.aspx
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2012, 09:13:46 AM »

This is a new video.
It's sad but you can see souvenir hunters are already getting into it
Now all the canopy glass has been broken out.
Ring sight has been torn off.  Also, the top left cowling is now loose and could blow away now...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzkevVbZL0s

I've read that the Egyptian military sent in some of their people to take out the live ammunition, don't know if they also removed the guns or not, but I don't think so.  Don't know if they broke the glass or if that could've happened during some sandstorms?  Doesn't look like too much sand in the cockpit.  If the cockpit would fill up with sand, it might actually help preserve the items in the cockpit instead of being open to the elements.
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« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2012, 03:29:30 AM »

The first photos and videos show that the front windscreen and sliding canopy had no broken glass, only scored due to the sand.  The rear quarter windows were broken, pehaps from the original crash?

The glass can be replaced by restoration experts but it's sad that the ring sight will have to be remade along with a few items that may have been taken.  We just need to get it in a protected environment....soon.
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2012, 08:44:21 PM »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/9256879/WWII-fighter-plane-hailed-the-aviation-equivalent-of-Tutankhamuns-Tomb-found-preserved-in-the-Sahara.html
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2012, 08:37:58 PM »

I've been so preoccupied with the preservation of the aircraft that I have lost touch with the fact that the pilot (if he is D. Copping) most likely died out there.
Sad and horrible way to die.  Hope this may give his family some closure...
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2012, 12:32:02 AM »

Here's an interesting article about Denis Copping, believed to be the pilot:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143592/My-Uncle-Denis-pilot-plane-time-forgot-First-pictures-man-crash-landed-plane-Sahara-walked-sands-death.html

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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012, 05:55:34 AM »

The A/C is indeed ET574  Flown by Flt Sgt Copping . I first mentioned this as a possibility on Hyperscale on 24th April
The A/C has been positively ID now

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