It seems to be a good year for the discovery of old forgotten airframes! There was the P-40 in Egypt earlier in the year, an IL-2 from a Russian lake last month, and now an intact C-47 ‘Dakota’ has been found in Siberia, in absolutely stunning condition!
This lend-lease aircraft was found in the vast Taymyr Peninsula in Siberia.
65 years of exposure has stripped away a lot of the paint so you can see her original US markings on the fuselage.
The left engine appears to have become detached after the plane made a successful landing, and the prop blades (visible in the shadows to the left of the picture) have been feathered, indicating the engine was not operational when she went down.
The prop blades on the right engine appear undamaged, a good sign if the intention is to make her airworthy again.
Detail of the right engine with the cowling missing, though said cowling is visible in the foreground of the picture at the start of the post.