A Second Globe War aeroplane that crash landed in the Sahara Desert prior to the British pilot walked to his death has been found virtually perfectly preserved 70 years later.
The Kittyhawk P-40 has remained unseen and untouched since it came down on the sand in June 1942 and has been hailed the “aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun’s Tomb”.
It is believed the pilot survived the crash and initially used his parachute for shelter prior to making a desperate and futile try to attain civilisation by strolling out of the desert.
The RAF airman, believed to have been Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, was never ever seen again.
The single-seater fighter plane was discovered by possibility by Polish oil company worker Jakub Perka exploring a remote region of the Western Desert in Egypt, about 200 miles from the nearest town.
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In what historians are calling the aviation equivalent to finding King Tut’s tomb, a World War II fighter plane has been found in the Sahara desert 70 years after it crashed. Even more impressive, the plane is perfectly preserved – it hasn’t been touched and hasn’t even been seen until now. The discovery of the single-seater fighter plane, a RAF…
World War II Kittyhawk fighter found in Sahara, shedding light on pilot’s fate Jakub Perka The discovery of the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk in the Sahara Desert was described by one military historian as “the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun’s Tomb.” By Michele Neubert, NBC News, and Ian Johnston, msnbc.