What is Broken Wings
Broken Wings’ is a documentary film project currently in production in Melbourne, Australia. It follows the incredible legend that possibly as many as twelve brand new Spitfires still in their original packing crates are buried somewhere in southern Queensland. This documentary will explore the story from a range of perspectives and set out to discover whether in fact the aircraft do exist… and with a bit of luck, find them.
James Carter and Karl von Moller, both warbird enthusiasts from Melbourne are behind the venture and it’s their fascination with warbird aircraft and a desire to tell a ‘ripper of a yarn’, that’s driving this exciting project. Production has been underway for a number of years. Additionally, extensive research has also been taking place for the past eleven years and continues to unearth a wealth of information from sources around Australia and across the world.
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What makes this story so unique
The simple fact that it’s a compelling, modern adventure story. A real life Raiders of the Lost Ark and it exists right here in Australia. But will we actually unearth any of these legendary aircraft? At this stage that’s anyone’s guess. In fact, many people we’ve come across ask us, “…how do you know they’re there?” The short answer is, we don’t. But with the amount of information we’ve been able to uncover over seven years, including first hand accounts of what took place at Oakey, we’ve narrowed the search area down to a number of likely targets. It’s now up to us to find them.
Whatever the result, the Oakey legend makes for an extremely exciting documentary. No where else in the world does a story exist even remotely similar to this one. Imagine it, a bunch of guys steal a World War II Air Force fighter aircraft and bury it simply for posterity. It’s the stuff of legends.The importance of finding a Spitfire cannot be understated. Of the approximately 22,000 that were manufactured, just 60 are still airworthy. What’s more, only two airworthy Spitfires still exist in Australia. So to discover one or more that could be restored to airworthy condition would be remarkable.