Startvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted
Sat Jan 17 2004 21:11:57 UTC (12 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3275 times:
Might help if it had wings. Other than that it appears to be in pretty good shape. Might make a great museum piece someday. To get all the sand out of it would probably mean taking it completely apart, cleaning it then putting it back together.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted
Sun Jan 18 2004 02:26:57 UTC (12 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3218 times:
Not worth the effort even if it had wings.
VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted
Sun Jan 18 2004 08:42:12 UTC (12 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3178 times:
sorry, i might be a little behind on the news or something, but why is this plane buried in sand in Iraq?
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30262 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted
Sun Jan 18 2004 08:44:13 UTC (12 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3173 times:
There had a number of aircraft buried.
Rumors where before the war that he had buried a large amount of material intending to recover it after the sanctions where lifted.
This aircraft was part of it's burial, but most of the aircraft that have been found, haven't exactly been salvageable.
Don't know if that was unintentional or what.
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Jet-a gasguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted
Sun Jan 18 2004 10:02:35 UTC (12 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3165 times:
Actually, they started burying their aircraft after the war started. After the coalition Air forces clobbered the Iraqi's Air force, the Iraqis started burying their remaining Migs in the sand.
It is believed that the intention was to recover them after the war and still have some semblance of an Iraqi Air force.
However, coalition forces continued bombing the hidden Migs in the sand.
Their is a segment on this very topic in a F-15 documentary, that just showed on the History channel.
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Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted
Sun Jan 18 2004 12:28:43 UTC (12 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3148 times:
Should have left them there and confused all the archaeologists 500 years from now...