Massive Luftwaffe plane wreck 'found off Sardinian coast'

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  1. Njaco

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    #1 Njaco, Mar 12, 2013
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    Massive Luftwaffe plane wreck 'found off Sardinian coast' - Telegraph

    The wreck of a huge Luftwaffe transport plane that was shot down by a British fighter in the Second World War has been found off the coast of Sardinia, according to a team of Italian researchers. It is believed to be the only surviving example of the Messerschmitt 323 "Giant", a massive aircraft that was designed to carry tanks, half-tracks and artillery into battle.
     
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    Very cool, would love to see one of those in the flesh. There's a section of main spar at the Luftwaffen Museum at Gatow - looks like a piece of girder from a construction crane that gets erected up the side of a building.
     
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    I hope this warbird can be recovered and restored, and specially that there will be interest if it's the case.
     
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    ..at 200 feet down , makes you wonder how it can still be 'complete' ..but must be quite a sight - photos in the current issue of Flugzeug Classic magazine apparently ..my copy on its way
     
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    Pretty awesome. I wonder if it was carrying any cargo worth salvaging, as well.
     
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    what I wouldn't do to see that fixed. I would go crazy if they fixed that because I want to see that thing run off that runway how it was meant!
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Great news! hope they can get that piece of history restored for everyone to see.:thumbright:
     
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    Hmmm, the news is from September 2012 and I believe we had a thread about it somewhere in the forum. Only these basic steel girder components should have survived the long time under water.
     
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    Sorry about that Denniss. I must be slipping. I couldn't find a date and I thought there was a similar thread but couldn't find it. Oh well.....................How about that new Rupert Grint movie? :)
     
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    No need to be sorry, better a duplicate post than having it get unnoticed.
     
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    I would speculate that if it had still been carrying cargo it would not have survived any form of crash or ditch..
     
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    I remember that thread as well. There were even some pictures associated with it, iffen I remember correctly.
     
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    Only September? I'm losing it......:)
     
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