Abstract

Word spread quickly in Egypt that a Polish exploration group had discovered a fighter plane that had crash- landed in the Western Desert during World War II. The remarkably well-preserved condition of the aircraft (guns and ammunition still intact) led the explorationists to conclude they were the first to see it since the war. Just days after the reported discovery in March 2012, experienced Egyptian desert guide Mohamed Abdel Aziz wanted to confirm the find for himself. While taking a group of recreational off-road motorcyclists into the remote desert near the Farafra Oasis, he too located the wreckage. Abdel Aziz realized the pilot must have survived the crash but likely didn't live long in the barren terrain. A cursory search of the area failed to locate any remains.

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