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A WWII Dornier 17, 5K+AR aircraft, used during the ‘Battle of Britain’ in 1940, is transported onto a barge near Ramsgate, England.
The salvage operation successfully raised the only remaining German bomber Dornier 17 from the sea.
After completing fund-raising and devising a plan for recovery and conservation, the Royal Air Force Museum announced that the wreck would be recovered in May 2013.
The recovery was originally planned to take around four weeks, using a specially-constructed lifting frame to raise from the sea, but this approach was altered as costs escalated with delays due to bad weather.
The aircraft was eventually raised on the 10 June 2013. It will be taken to the Michael Beetham Restoration Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum’s Cosford site, where metallurgists from Imperial College London will have a significant role in the post-recovery conservation of the aircraft.
Current plans are to use Citric acid to remove encrustation and chloride from the aluminium airframe.