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Wreckage of 1912 plane is discovered in Antarctica

In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found.

The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water.

Click here for the complete story > http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/antarctics-firs...

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Comment by lord_k on January 7, 2010 at 2:38pm
What a glorious story. Made an item of it the day before yesterday (not on the Web).
Comment by Neil Crompton on January 7, 2010 at 4:48am
Great news. There's a bunch of New Zealand aviation enthusiasts who reproduce and fly aircraft from this era. I wonder if this is something they would consider since it was an Antipodean pioneer.http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/node/189

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