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    Remains of Early 1900s Plane Found in Antarctica

    Remains of Early 1900s Plane Found in Antarctica - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News - FOXNews.com


    ADELAIDE, Australia Remains of the first airplane ever taken to Antarctica, in 1912, have been found by Australian researchers, the team announced Saturday.

    The Mawson's Huts Foundation had been searching for the plane for three summers before stumbling upon metal pieces of it on New Year's Day.

    "The biggest news of the day is that we've found the air tractor, or at least parts of it!" team member Tony Stewart wrote on the team's blog from Cape Denison in Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay.

    Australian polar explorer and geologist Douglas Mawson led two expeditions to Antarctica in the early 1900s, on the first one bringing along a single-propeller Vickers plane. The wings of the plane, built in 1911, had been damaged in a crash before the expedition, but Mawson hoped to use it as a kind of motorized sled.

    Stewart said the 1911-14 Australian Antarctic Expedition used the plane to tow gear onto the ice in preparation for their sledging journeys.

    This is very cool news I knew that they were still trying to find the wreckage but to actually find it is great I hope they can at least bring some of it out so it can be placed into a musuem.

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    Re: Remains of Early 1900s Plane Found in Antarctica

    There's no tellin' what we'll find when the polar caps get finished melting. Ancient civilizations perhaps?

    Will it matter though?

    Cool article Scorp.

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    Re: Remains of Early 1900s Plane Found in Antarctica

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    There's no tellin' what we'll find when the polar caps get finished melting. Ancient civilizations perhaps?

    Will it matter though?

    Cool article Scorp.
    It's been a very interesting find as the article says they knew the location back in the 70s but back then they didn't have the resource nor money to mount a recovery. What is interesting about this airframe it is one of the earlist know light plane's to be build and that alone makes the find cool my hope is that they do recover as much as they can and place it on display in either Christchurch NZ or Cooks Point Aerodrome in Aussie.

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    Re: Remains of Early 1900s Plane Found in Antarctica

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    There's no tellin' what we'll find when the polar caps get finished melting. Ancient civilizations perhaps?

    Will it matter though?

    Cool article Scorp.
    Probably a bunch of untapped oil like they are finding up in the Arctic regions...
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