RAF Museum hopeful as Dornier 17 World War II excavation is narrowly foiled by winds

By Culture24 Reporter | 10 June 2013

Archaeologists say they came "within 40 minutes" of raising the Dornier 17 – the German World War II plane at the centre of a daring seabed excavation off the Kent coast – in an operation foiled by a sudden increase in winds on Sunday.

A photo of a man getting ready to dive
An overhead photo of the lift platform preparing at Chatham ahead of an attempt to salvage the Dornier 17 in Kent. The RAF Museum is hopeful of completing the operation within the next 24 hours© RAF Museum
Subject to the potential erraticism of conditions, the team from the RAF Museum is now hoping to salvage the ancient wreck within the next 24 hours, taking advantage of what they describe as two “weather windows” on Monday afternoon and the early hours of Tuesday morning.

If the attempt succeeds, the aircraft will be carried to Ramsgate Harbour on a support barge before being dismantled and taken to the museum’s Conservation Centre at Cosford.
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