Egyptians give World War II RAF Kittyhawk plane a makeover

A World War Two fighter plane which was found in the Sahara desert five years ago has been given a 'hideous' makeover.  

The crashed RAF P40 Kittyhawk was discovered in 2012 in 'time capsule' condition in the middle of the Sahara where it had lain untouched for 70 years.

British aviation historians have now spoken of their disgust after it was given a 'truly awful and unsympathetic' restoration by the Egyptian government.    

The work has seen the vintage aircraft sprayed in garish yellow and brown colours and a set of sharks teeth painted on the front.

The RAF P40 Kittyhawk (pictured) has been given a makeover which has been described as looking like a badly-made AirFix model

The crashed RAF P40 Kittyhawk was discovered in 2012 in 'time capsule' condition in the middle of the Sahara (pictured) 

The crashed RAF P40 Kittyhawk was discovered in 2012 in 'time capsule' condition in the middle of the Sahara (pictured) 

Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping was the plane's pilot during the Second World War 

Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping was the plane's pilot during the Second World War 

It has gone on display at the El Alamein Museum but experts said the plane should have been left untouched as a memorial to its pilot, Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping.

There was evidence he survived the crash but died from exposure in the inhospitable conditions. His body was never found.  

The plane's emergence as a museum exhibit 1,500 miles away solves a three-year mystery over its whereabouts and its future.

It also brings to an end a sorry episode involving the RAF Museum at Hendon, north London, which gave away a rare Spitfire from its collection in an unsuccessful attempt to bring the P40 back to Britain.

Andy Saunders, the editor of Britain at War Magazine, said: 'They have ruined it. The plane was a time capsule and it should have been left how it was found.

'It is a truly awful and unsympathetic restoration. There is no mention of Dennis Copping who has been neglected. It looks hideous, like a badly-made AirFix model.

'They appear to have remade some parts with fibreglass and patched up the

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