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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Salvaged Dornier 17 bomber facts

The rescue process Credit: RAF Cosford

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'.

The rescue project Credit: RAF Cosford

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.

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