An excavation team searching for buried World War II Spitfires has released the first set of pictures from its search in Burma. The team is using specialist ground-scanning equipment which they hope will narrow down the search in the next few days.
The excavation of dozens of Birmingham-built Spitfires buried in Burma at the end of the Second World War is set to begin.
It marks the climax of a 16-year search for the lost aircraft by Lincolnshire farmer and aircraft enthusiast David Cundall.
Mr Cundall, 63, has poured tens of thousands of pounds into the venture - he says he stopped counting when the cost hit £130,000 - and hopes the recovered aircraft can be restored and eventually returned to flight.
He believes Lord Louis Mountbatten ordered the burial of 36 Spitfires in 1945 at the Mingaladon airfield, a major British base in Burma, as the Second World War was drawing to a close.
A restored Spitfire TE311 at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is preparing to fly after 58 years. Engineers spent 10 years rebuilding the plane and it will form part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which is based at Coningsby