Pictures: World War II "Time Capsule" Fighter Found in Sahara

Photograph by Jakub Perka, BNPS

Found in March in the Wadi al-Jadid region of southern Egypt, the propeller of the P-40 Kittyhawk was twisted during its crash landing in 1942. Pictures taken by Polish oil worker Jakub Perka show that the U.S.-made fighter-bomber survives largely intact, though the engine and landing gear broke off on impact.

At the suspected time of the crash, Flight Sergeant Copping, the P40’s likely pilot, was on a repair run to an RAF desert basethe plane’s landing gear had become stuck in the down position. He was probably forced down by an empty fuel tank, the RAF Museum’s Thirsk said.

Copping was never heard from again. “The pilot obviously got disorientated and lost his bearings,” Thirsk said.

Published May 24, 2012

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