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Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Fri May 03, 2013 11:01 am

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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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Fri May 03, 2013 12:37 pm

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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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Fri May 03, 2013 12:47 pm

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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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Fri May 03, 2013 1:34 pm

Excellent news that this piece of history will (hopefully barring unforeseen difficulties) be preserved.
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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Fri May 03, 2013 4:38 pm

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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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Fri May 03, 2013 9:03 pm

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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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Fri May 03, 2013 9:44 pm

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.
 
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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Sun May 05, 2013 10:27 pm

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.
 
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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:20 pm

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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RE: Dornier 17 Recovery From English Channel

Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:35 pm

Gah, beat me to it.

Amazing. That's history right there, folks.
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