For 70 years a relic of World War II has sat in the Sahara Desert, untouched, unseen and unbeknownst to anyone.
That relic is being described as an almost perfectly preserved RAF Kittyhawk P-40 fighter plane, recently discovered where it came down in the Egyptian desert in June 1942.
It is thought the pilot, believed to have been Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24, survived the crash and initially used his parachute for shelter before making a desperate and futile attempt to reach civilization by walking out of the desert, according to The Telegraph.
The location is more than 200 miles from the nearest town and Copping was never seen again.
The single-seater plane was discovered by chance earlier this year by a Polish oil company worker exploring a remote region of the Western Desert in Egypt.
While the aircraft did suffer some damage when it landed, the dry desert air has helped it retain much of its original color scheme.