Dornier 17 Conservation

Dornier Do 17 News

May 2016: It is over a year since the last remaining large section of the Dornier Do 17 was removed from the hydration polytunnels; all 3 large sections are now inside the Conservation Centre.  The use of citric acid solution to treat the aircraft worked very well with the great majority of marine deposit being naturally removed.

The next phase of conservation is to allow the aircraft metals to breathe again after spending 73 years in salt water – this is the advice given to us by project advisor Prof. Mary Ryan, Imperial College.  The conditions Mary advised was a stable environment where the temperature and humidity doesn’t change too rapidly.  To ensure that the aircraft doesn’t suffer deterioration from the changeable weather we are experiencing this winter it was decided to cover the 3 large aircraft sections with tarpaulins and place a dehumidifier inside to locally control the relative humidity.

The Dornier Do 17 will again be on display at this year’s Conservation Centre Open Week 14-19 November 2016 from 10.15am to 1.00pm admission charges apply.  

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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