Company spokesman Frazer Nash batted away repeated questions about what the video game maker in the country known as Europe's last dictatorship hoped to get out of the deal, saying the company had an "open bucket" to dispense cash if the dig was a success.
"Money's not an issue," he told journalists. "Have you seen the profits for gaming?"
The reporters seemed mollified.
"Can I have a job?" one asked.
The Spitfires — if any are ever found — would be divided between the Myanmar government, in line for about half the total, a local company, which would get another 20 percent, and Cundall, who would get roughly a third. The Myanmar government might decide to sell its planes, Cundall said, although he promised that his share would be coming back to the U.K., "where they belong."
"It was a tool of war, but I want to make it a tool of friendship to bring Myanmar and Britain closer together." Also, he said, "I would love to fly one!"
After a last round of television interviews at the hotel Friday, Cundall slipped a jacket over his black Wargaming.net T-shirt and rubbed his hands together against the cold, casting his mind to his upcoming trip, and the moment of truth.
"Only a matter of time now before we start digging and find out: 'What's in the box?'" he said.
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