‘‘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.