Dogfight Over Buried WWII Spitfires in Burma



- More than a dozen Rolls Royce-powered Spitfire airplanes were found buried in Burma.

- The British version of Donald Trump convinced the 62-year-old finder to relinquish his claim.

- Spitfire planes are both historically and intrinsically significant.

After a 15-year treasure hunt, a farmer and aviation enthusiast struck gold, uncovering as many as 20 World War II-era Spitfire planes buried in Burma at the end of World War II -- a find he may lose to the British Donald Trump.

In April reported the discovery of the priceless booty, a squadron of the legendary planes perfectly preserved in the chests they were shipped halfway around the world in. They were waxed, wrapped in greased paper and tarred to protect against the elements. They were then buried in their shipping crates, rather than let them fall into enemy hands.

The long-lost planes were discovered after a $200,000 quest by aviation enthusiast David Cundall.

British prime minister David Cameron sent a business delegation to Burma after the planes in late April -- and he brought along wealthy real estate developer Steven Boultbee Brooks instead of him.

"Mr. Brooks wants all rights handed over to him, including media rights, and if there's any money (left) over he says he might pay me something. It's appalling," Cundall told the Independent.

The 62-year-old Cundall claims he was pressured into abandoning his claim to the 67-year-old fighters by Brooks, a British version of Donald Trump who presented him with a "memorandum of understanding" that took control of his overseas activities, the Vancouver Sun said.

He learned of the Cameron / Brooks trip after the fact -- and called the terms of the memorandum an insult.

"I can do it without Brooks, I can do it without anybody. I've been digging up aircraft for 35 years. I've pushed the boat out financially. I've struggled like hell to keep it going. I've dug up Burma before, and I don't need them," Cundall told the Vancouver Sun.

Like Trump, Boultbee Brooks has a string of self-named businesses. He set up the eponymous Boultbee real estate firm in 1987 with his brother Clive; the firm reportedly now owns and manages an investment portfolio worth over $800 million.

He's also an aviation enthusiast: There are an estimated 35 Spitfire planes still flying -- and Boultbee Flight Academy can teach you how to fly them on his Vicker's Supermarine Spitfire, a training version of the plane built just after the war.

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