P-40 Kittyhawk RAF Wreck Sahara Egypt

A WW2 RAF Fighter Plane Found in the Middle of the Sahara Desert [15 Pics]

May 26 2012

Experts claim this to be the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb in terms of how well the airplane has been preserved in the dry desert climate. It was discovered solely by chance, when a Polish oil worker Jakub Perka spotted it while exploring the remote region of the Western Desert in Egypt.

The RAF airman, Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, is believed to have crash landed here and took refuge before he attempted the desperate and futile walk-out of the desert. With the recent finding of the airplane, the search for the pilots remains has been re-opened as well.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

Everything from the aircraft is scattered everywhere. This wreck has not been touched by man since it has happened nearly 70 years ago.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

The ultra dry climate, and a good crash landing left this airplane largely intact. In the near future it will most likely be restored.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

Bullet holes in the fuselage that may have contributed to the reason why this P-40 crash landed here.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

The propeller was found near the crash site.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

The plant identification plate of the particular P-40 fighter.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

The magazine box was found near the crash site.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

The instructions of how to load the magazine boxes for the Browning .50 machine guns.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

The parachute that Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping used to construct a shade screen to protect against the sun.

A rare Preserved wreck of a WW2 Fighter Plane P40

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