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Myanmar to Excavate Spitfire Fighters

Myanmar to Excavate Spitfire Fighters

Myanmar has signed a deal with a British aviation enthusiast to allow the excavation of a World War II treasure: dozens of Supermarine Spitfire fighter planes buried by the British almost 70 years ago.

Aviation enthusiast David J. Cundall discovered the locations of the aircraft after years of searching. The planes are believed to be in good condition, since they were reportedly packed in crates and hidden by British forces to keep them out of the hands of invading Japanese.

The British Embassy said Wednesday that the agreement was reached after discussions between President Thein Sein and British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Myanmar earlier this year.

The excavation of the rare planes is slated to begin by the end of October.

For the complete story by The Associated Press’s Aye Aye Win, click here.

Updated: October 17, 2012 — 10:25 AM

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