Dornier 17 Conservation

Dornier Do 17 successfully raised Dornier Do 17 as at September 2014

Dornier Do 17 News

UPDATE:  Following some 18 months in hydration tunnels the Dornier Do 17 has been taken off display and moved into the Conservation Centre. 

Museum Aircraft Technician's are now working on the Dornier full time, with initial efforts focused on internal cleaning and removing any remaining marine deposits with the use of plastic scrapers. Control rods and other smaller items are being carefully removed allowing Technicians greater access to the airframe structure beneath. A team of Volunteers will work on the components removed from the aircraft and which will be put back at a later date.

To see the amazing moment when the aircraft was lifted from the seabed in 2013 please view our video.

Visitors with smartphones can also see a Dornier Do 17 flying through augmented reality, via an App.  More information about the app is available here.

Visitors are able to learn all about the aircraft via a website devoted to the Dornier Do 17 project where you can view video footage, photographs and archive information about this pioneering project. To view it please go to Dornier Do 17 Project microsite.

The Dornier Do 17 Interpretation has been sponsored by, an award winning global games publisher and developer. The exhibit, the augmented reality app and the Dornier Do 17 website have been conceived, designed and built by redLoop Design, an innovation and design centre at Middlesex University.

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Project recap:

The methodology for recovering the Dornier from the seabed was altered as explained here.

We have loaded a selection of photos taken onboard the GPS Apollo (early May 2013) into the image gallery and these can be viewed here.  There is also a video with footage of the divers available here.

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for the investigation of all military aircraft crash sites in the United Kingdom (including those situated in UK territorial waters) and only issued a licence for recovery of the Dornier because it was NOT a war grave. The aircraft's crew of four were all accounted for and no human remains were present in the aircraft.

To make a donation to help with the conservation and exhibition for the Dornier 17, please click here.

Early research and preliminary site survey work for the Dornier Do 17 was supported by the Society of Friends at our London based Museum. The lifting of the Dornier was made possible by support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Additional support has come from EADS, 328 Support Services, the RAF Historical Society, the RAF Museum American Foundation and the generosity of the public. The exhibition and conservation of the Dornier is supported by

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10am - 5pm [last admission 4pm]Applies November - February
10am - 6pm [last admission 5pm]Applies March - October 

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Dornier 17 - lifted from the seabed on 10th June 2013
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