Intact WW2 plane found in Sahara Desert.
by James Denison - 5/12/12 11:12 AM
200 miles from any city or village. Even at 10 miles a day the pilot would take 20 days to reach any civilization. Parachute found used as a shelter, pilot's body not there, he died somewhere walking in the vast desert in a desperate hope of finding water no doubt.
A fighter plane
from World War II that crashed in the Sahara 70 years ago has been
The Telegraph reports
that the intact American-made Curtiss Kittyhawk P-40, which had
remained untouched since its crash landing in 1942, was discovered by a
Polish oil company worker, Jakub Perka, who was exploring a remote
region of the Western Desert in Egypt, about 200 miles from the nearest
Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, initially survived the crash,
because a parachute found at the scene looks to have been used as a
makeshift shelter. But no trace of the body was found.
A military historian, noting that there would be no reason on earth to have found the plane in the middle of the desert, hailed the find as " a quite incredible time capsule, the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb." (more at link)