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Thats the one. I gather the flugwerke ones use those, well other than one example which uses an engine and 4 bladed propeller from a Chinese bomber. Looked kinda wierd.

 

Another IL2 has been recovered, this one is particularly interesting, because its a single seater example.

http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/ilyushin-il-2-sturmovik-raised-from-a-russian-lake.html

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I seem to recall seeing a page with a late japanese fighter recovered from the sea off Japan in the 1970's. It had apparently been ditched in good order, but there was no sight of the pilot. Can you remember what that one was?

 

Thought this was interesting too.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2007611/Now-thats-I-dive-bomber-Greek-fighter-jet-salvaged-Aegean-sea.html

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I seem to recall seeing a page with a late japanese fighter recovered from the sea off Japan in the 1970's. It had apparently been ditched in good order, but there was no sight of the pilot. Can you remember what that one was?

 

Thought this was interesting too.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2007611/Now-thats-I-dive-bomber-Greek-fighter-jet-salvaged-Aegean-sea.html

 

Can't recall that kind of story ATM, might try to dig for it later :)

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Thanks for that :)

 

There's one at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center too. Great museum. Was there not too long ago. Saw some books in the gift shop by a couple or so familiar names from the grate site. So had to take one of those back home. A book about the KC-135.

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I can tell you a fair few things about the KC135, when they were based at RAF Fairford they regularly used to fly over the house. One night in the early 1980's they apparently has a mass scramble of the. Apparently someone in the pentagon had some exercise tapes mixed up, and were under the impression WW3 was underway. Still, we can laugh about it now....

 

I still remember being shown the refueling position by a young female USAF probe operator at the annual air show. Happy days. :)

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Yeah, I created a thread about it. :)

 

http://www.tank-net.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=42788

 

Ive heard conflicting details about this. The story going around was the wing had been stolen by scrap metal thieves, which frankly sounded a bit unbelievable. But as you can see from my last post there, it actually seems its been sold to a foreign aircraft museum, and that components found on the aircraft were actually useful in reference for restoring the Smithsonian one.

 

Uhu to fly? Well probably not, but it would be nice to see the surviving population double. Its an interesting aircraft.

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Bf109G2 was recovered from a Russian Lake in June. It shows a remarkable degree of preservation, including parts showing the original wartime (winter) paint scheme.

http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/messerschmitt-bf-109-june-2018-water-recovery-in-russia.html

 

That must be worth an absolute fortune. Believe it or not, our local aviation group are digging up a relatively intact Spitfire about a mile from my home. It was buried in a shallow depression following a crash landing after clipping the roof of a cottage. When they excavated a wing, the flaps still moved!

 

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Looks like a Mk VB maybe?

 

Probably a viable airworthy restoration. Which sounds absurd, except looking at the Mk1 they dug out the beach at Sangatte, all they were able to salvage from it was the Supermarine stamped Rudder Pedals and the engine. But who cares, its still a flying mk1 and as rare as hens teeth.

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Ive got a feeling it may actually have starred in film Dunkirk. Ive not yet seen it.

 

 

I couldn't tell, I don't have an eye for all the various different spitfire models and details. You should see it, was good.

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