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Efforts are underway to raise the only known surviving example of the Dornier Do 17 German bomber from the sea at Goodwin Sands. The wreck was discovered a few years ago and is in remarkably good condition, resting upside down on the bottom 15 meters below the surface. More than 2000 were built yet no whole example is known to survive except this one, though various museums display various separate pieces of the aircraft.

Divers have surveyed the wreck yesterday in preparation for the lifting - article and awesome diver video of the wreck: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22414584



That would be an awesome recovery if they manage to pull it off, especially as it is such a rare piece of history. I wish them all the luck and hopefully it will be coming to a museum hear me soon, so I will get a chance to visit it. Though after the salvage of the Mary Rose pulling a plane out should be child's play.
They were supposed to raise it this week but it's been called off due to weather.

http://news.sky.com/story/1098476/dorni ... called-off]http://news.sky.com/story/1098476/dornier-attempt-to-raise-aircraft-called-off
A first attempt to raise the last surviving World War Two German Dornier aircraft from the English Channel has been postponed.
Divers had hoped to begin the lift around 9pm on Sunday evening but the wind and the swell below water was too strong and they decided not to risk it.
It is unlikely that any attempt will be made this week because of the weather, a spokesman for the RAF Museum, where the aircraft is eventually due to be displayed, said.
Ajay Srivastava added that another try to bring the aircraft to the surface would commence as soon as conditions improved.
The original plan, designed by Seatech, a commercial diving company, was to build an aluminium frame around the wreck and then lift it gently out of the water.


A member of the recovery team holds part of the plane from an earlier dive

The cage frame was designed to spread the pressure on the fragile shell and give it additional support.
But recent rough seas have meant the salvage barge and giant crane have had to seek refuge in Ramsgate, Kent, four times, thereby delaying the project and risking massive overspend.
If the operation is delayed another year, the chances are there would be little left of the aircraft.
A team of experts from Seatech have lived on a barge for the past month, diving daily, sometimes four times a day.
The new plan involves attaching cables to the aircraft. A steel rod running between the bomb door and tail section will add additional support.
The wings of the plane will now experience increased pressure as they are pulled up through the water.
The budget for the project is around £600,000 for 35 days of work funded in part by charitable donations to the RAF Museum which commissioned the project and will take ownership of the plane once recovered.
The Dornier 17 was shot down on August 26, 1940.
It crash landed on Goodwin Sands, around six miles off the Kent coast.
It has laid there ever since, covered by sand.
Once it is eventually out of the water the plane will be put on a barge and taken to shore, then transported to the Sir Michael Beetham Conservation Centre in Shropshire for restoration.
Its final destination will be the RAF Museum in North London where it will go on display alongside other aircraft from the Battle of Britain.

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