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Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel  
User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6729 posts, RR: 11
Posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5498 times:

Work is starting today on recovering a WW2 Dornier 17 that ended up in the English Channel. There are no other Do17s in existence so a unique opportunity to see another historic aircraft.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22380915

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/...nd-do/dornier-17-conservation.aspx
http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research...-to-raising-the-Dornier-commences/


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User currently onlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

Very fascinating stuff. Hopefully they can recover it and restore it.

Does the German guy quoted in the article mean that it'll disintegrate in 20-30 years' time even with restoration work?



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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6729 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5440 times:

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 1):
Does the German guy quoted in the article mean that it'll disintegrate in 20-30 years' time even with restoration work?

No, it's the fact that aluminium will corrode in seawater so there may not be any of it left after all this time. The shape of the plane that can be seen may be due to stuff that grew on the aluminium. But only time will tell.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12556 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5413 times:

Excellent news that this piece of history will (hopefully barring unforeseen difficulties) be preserved.


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

Interesting that a number of these were exported to other nations and survived the war. If Wikipedia is to be believed the last one was scrapped in Finland in 1952. It would have been nice to be a well connected, wealthy person in an Allied country at the end of the war. I imagine you could have saved an awful lot of aviation history from the smelter. Amazing that they built over 2,000 of these and they're pulling the only example out of the Goodwin Sands off Kent. Reminds me of the FW 200, in my opinion one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built, now only one remains and it's being restored in Berlin.


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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6729 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5246 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 4):
It would have been nice to be a well connected, wealthy person in an Allied country at the end of the war. I imagine you could have saved an awful lot of aviation history from the smelter.

If you weren't a Spitfire, Hurricane or a Mustang or another popular type, I don't think people were that sentimental. It's always nice to imagine the museums with one of each type in. You can only get so much from a photo or an airfix model.

I was looking at the recently uploaded photo of the restored Mosquito (my perfect plane) that was being reassembled in the US after being returned to life in New Zealand and it was the only airworthy one of that type despite so many being built. Wood doesn't last as long as metal if its neglected.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12146 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5226 times:

There were many interesting and historical aircraft from WWII, from all the belligerents. But only the better known ones survive to today, B-17, B-29, P-51, Spitfire, Lancaster, F4U, F6F, PBY, Me-262, Bf-109, A6M, etc.

User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1834 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4943 times:
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It wounds my soul when I think on the number of interesting aircraft that were recovered from the ruins of Germany in 1945 and brought back to the USA . After the boffins got to look at them they were mostly just bulldozed into a hole in the ground.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3802 times:

Here she is....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22848117


User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6729 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 8):

Here she is....

Given the earlier warnings that all the aluminium would have corroded by now and it would have been paint and barnacles that would fall apart at the slightest contact, it seems to be a remarkable recovery. Hopefully there will be enough there to make something that can be restored to some extent.



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User currently onlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

Gah, beat me to it.

Amazing. That's history right there, folks.



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