The latest news about the great Spitfire search in Burma seems quite pessimistic. David Cundall, followed by thousands of aviation enthusiasts, was hoping to locate dozens of Spitfire buried in crates in Burma at the end of the Second World War.
The research team began diggin recently but has only dug up metal sheets that were used to build the runway during the war for the moment.
In addition, Burmese authorities intervened this Wednesday and halted the search, following rumours that the team was tunnelling beneath Rangoon international airport’s runway. The team was finally allowed to resume their search but is now limited to using showels and can no longer use mechanized diggers.
It might be premature to say, as one of the disappointed members of the search team did, that “there are no Spitfires” to be found. Understandably, the whole deal has been considered with plenty of scepticism by many observers from the start.
We’ll have to wait and see, again. As the saying goes: “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”.