Salvaged plane at RAF Cosford

The only surviving German Second World War Dornier bomber which was raised from the English Channel where it has laid since the Battle of Britain has arrived at RAF Cosford for restoration.

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Last surviving Dornier 17 aircraft to be preserved at RAF Cosford

The aircraft about to be raised Credit: RAF museum
The aircraft is raised Credit: RAF museum

The last surviving Dornier 17 aircraft, pulled from the English Channel, is travelling to the RAF Cosford Museum today where it will be conserved.

It will be stored in purpose-built hydration tunnels which will ensure that salts and chemicals are washed away without damaging the plane's surface.

More on the conservation process at the museum

The long process of rescuing the aircraft

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Salvaged WW2 German bomber heads to RAF Cosford

Aircraft is said to be in ''remarkable condition'' Credit: Royal Air Force Museum

A German bomber which was was shot down during the Battle of Britain in 1940, has been salvaged from British waters and is set to be taken to RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton.

The existence of the aircraft – a Dornier Do-17 bomber – was located at Goodwin Sands, off the Kent coast. It was salvaged from the seabed yesterday.

The plane was spotted by divers in 2008 Credit: Royal Air Force Museum

Peter Dye, Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum, said: "We would like to thank all those involved as we embark on the second stage of the project and deliver the aircraft to our conservation centre at Cosford."

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