Work has begun to conserve a Second World War German aircraft which has been lifted from the seabed off the coast of Kent.
The wreckage of the world's last surviving Dornier Do-17 medium bomber was salvaged from the English Channel after 73 years.
It is now at the RAF Museum Cosford. The remaining parts have been moved into two hydration tunnels where they will be sprayed with a mixture of water and citric acid to remove a build up of material from the sea. The process could take more than a year.
Keith Wilkinson reports.
The last remaining Dornier 17 is under-going restoration at RAF Cosford after arriving yesterday.
The remains of the plane, that has been under water in the English Channel since the Second World War, will now be coated in water and citric acid to remove the barnacles from the metal. This process will take about twelve months.
RAF Museum Cosford's General Manager, Alex Medhurst, explains to ITV News Central what work will be carried out on the salvaged German bomber, Do-17 Dornier, which was recovered from the English Channel earlier this month.
The German bomber, Dornier Do-17, which was shot down off the Kent coast during the Second World War, has arrived at RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton.
The bomber was shot down over the Kent coast more than 70 years ago.
More than 1,500 examples of the Dornier 17 medium bomber were built.
Nicknamed the Luftwaffe's 'flying pencil' bombers because of their narrow fuselage, this aircraft is said to be in 'remarkable condition'.
Experts are excited by the find because other than the effects of sea life, such as barnacles, coral and marine life, it is largely intact.
The main undercarriage tyres remain inflated.