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Burma Spitfire Hunters Say Search Has Hit Snag

18 January 2013

An excavation team hunting for dozens of World War II-era British fighter aircraft believed buried at Burma’s main international airport says its search will take longer than expected after a survey discovered bundles of electric cables in the way. A retired Burmese geology professor who is helping hunt for the rare Spitfires, Soe Thein, said on Friday that the team found crates that could contain the planes at Rangoon airport. He said cables and water pipes were found above them, and there is no blueprint for their precise locations. This will make unearthing them more time-consuming. The Spitfire won fame for helping Britain beat back waves of enemy bombers during the war.