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Luftwaffe FW190 discovered in forest near St Petersburg

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Added: Jan-22-2009 
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  • A pretty interesting find, after 65 years. The plane looked pretty intact, making me think he glided to a relatively controlled landing. Maybe the area was an open marsh or swamp back then. You can hear the mens' boots sloshing in the water. Aluminum sheet metal would probably hold up to the weather as we saw hear. I wish I knew more about this story.

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    • Me as well, like who found it before?
      I noticed some of the pieces are missing, like gauges and the like.
      If this is a real crash, bet there is a hellava story behind it. Sad, most that knew it are probably dead now.

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    • engine was running when it crashed .... all the prop blades were bent

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    • Me too man! Can you imagine finding somthing like this as walk through the woods. Im wondering if the land owners will be allowed to keep it. Or if someone will legally steal it from them.

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    • This video has been on Youtube for a year now. Accoridng to other info, this footage is from 1989

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    • True that. Those type of pine trees could have matured easily in 65 years. What a nice find! Restoration buffs are creaming their pants, go Alpine Fighter Club, Wanaka NZ

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  • probably quite real.
    aluminum? That forest has too much shade for plants on the forest floor, cold weather preserved it.

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  • Remarkably intact for landing in a forest, maybe it wasn't wooded then, or was bombed/shelled.

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    • maybe the tree canopy was so thick it caused the plane to stop instantly and just drop down.

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    • The trees growing around it,look very young,another guy thought the plane could have crashed in a swamp like environment,I agree with him.

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    • mabey fuel spillage stopped any growth around it

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    • Probably already been mentioned but after 200 comments I don't want to read them all. The men walking around the plane can be heard walking in water. There are not many plants that grow in 1 feet of water that would cover anything above the waterline. Imagine a dock in a shallow pond. It's not inconceivable that that dock could make it for many winters without being overgrown with trees/shrubs.

      Someone had to have been there before. There was an inspection panel open on the left rear of More..

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  • Could have been swampland that grew up. Must be incredible to walk up to something like that on a walk in the woods!

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  • The cockpit instrumentation looks correct from the old pics i've seen...

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    • Thanks for taking the time to research this as well as K.H. Nihilist for the vid. Strange to see this plane. My father was a B-17 pilot and was shot down over Schweinfurt Germany by a combination of flak and some of these fighters. It's eerie, ghostly, and a little melancholy to see things like this just sitting alone for so many years. What stories it could tell if it were possible.

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    • Dankeshein heir Field Marshall Goering!

      I'm still fascinated with the engineering feats of WWII, the materials and electronics have drastically changed but on the mechanical side, much of the 1940s technology is still sound.

      Old cars and old planes, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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  • simple google search,for all you rocket scientist

    this is correct, heres an article i found on the smithsoneon website, it gives the history of this AC.

    JME Aviation is restoring the collection's Fw 190 as well as its Me 262. Fw 190s were the best of the Axis propeller fighters, and are rare today; about two dozen airframes, or portions of them, are known. No flying example of reasonable authenticity exists.

    The collection's Fw 190 came from Russia, where it had lain for decades, uprig More..

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  • too good of a condition after harsh winters and heavy rains. No plants growing on it. makes me wonder.

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  • is there a dead pilot?

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  • Not really sure why someone would want to fake somthing like this so assume its real.
    Hope this baby finds its way to a museum soon. Fantastic find

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  • Very nice! I have a wehrpass, soldbuch, and iron cross II class but nothing like this in my possession.

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  • With half of the instruments missing and no ammo etc.

    looks like some body found it before him. I would have like to have seen the registration details on the plate inside the cockpit it still lokked intact.

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    • Thats probably true, they found the body, ammo and some parts a long time ago, and left it to rust...

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  • The plane is real and is being refurbished

    Amazing it lasted so long if the fuselage aluminium wont rust

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    • No, most of it wont rust but it can become severely oxidized and corroded from prolonged exposure to the elements. But even in very bad condition this is a gold mine find.

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  • Bent prop indicates that the pilot bellied it in. Probably marchland during the war. Pilot likely survived. Great historical find.

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  • years ago British Lancaster bomber was discovered in this shape with the entire crew still aboard all died when the bomber hit the forest floor and for decades it sat with it's crew waiting to go home.

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  • Focke Wulf 190A5 WkNr 01501227

    The Fw190 is without doubt one of the most famous designs of Kurt Tank and fighter aircraft of WW2.

    Built in April 1943 at the main Focke Wulf factory in Bremen this particular aircraft has been reported as having been upgraded to an A5/U3 Fighter Bomber variant.

    In May that same year the aircraft was in action in a ground attack role with 4/JG54 %u201CGreenhearts%u201D whose base was Siwerskaja Northern Russia. It is understood that on the 19.07.43 %u201CWhite More..

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  • nice,i love the old warplanes.

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  • Walking in the forest, nice trees,beautiful sunny day and then suddenly you see a NAZI sign on a airplane !!

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  • Trees large enough to have done major damage to the plane would have to be at least 65 years old today, and I don't see any that appear that large.

    Fantastic find! Reminds me a little of the captured russian tank that the german army later repainted and then abandoned in a pond that was found a few years ago and pulled out.

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  • i wonder if the germans can get this bastard back in the air and start another world war ?????????

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  • Actually it's the real deal. The plane crashed on July 19, 1943 and the pilot walked away. The trees were only saplings at the time.

    The pilot, Sergeant Paul Rätz, was captured by the Russians and died in 1989. His family still has the clock from the cockpit that was removed by him when he left the airplane.

    The plane was found by a collector in 1988 and is currently being restored by JME Aviation. The cause of the crash is thought to be a dirt clod found in the fuel line when the plan More..

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  • made stuff to last back then, not like the high-faluting anti-radar carbon composite and depleted uranium crap the kids fly today.

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  • the propeller is bented up as if the oilot crash landed

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