It is hard to disagree that the Spitfire is the greatest airplane ever made, unless you were commanding the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Not only has it come to symbolize all that was great about Britain’s victory over the evil axis but also as an engineering feat it is quite spectacular.
It is no surprise then that all over the world there are obsessives searching barns and fields and spending their hard earned cash on restoration and conservation. There are less than 40 operational 'kites' left globally so whispers of 20 buried intact in a Burmese Jungle became the thing of legend. Constrained by a difficult political climate the hunt has been hampered but a recent change in power means that the dreams may be realized after all.
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