Dornier 17 Conservation

Dornier Do 17 successfully raised Dornier Do 17 as at September 2014 Wargaming.Net Dornier Interpretation Zone Volunteers working on small Dornier components on Tuesdays & Thursdays (subject to volunteer availability)

Dornier Do 17 News

UPDATE 25/9/14:  Following more than a year in hydration tunnels the experts from Imperial College are currently working with Museum Technicians to assess the aluminium framework.  You can read more about this second phase of conservation here.

The aircraft is now on display at Cosford.  It has been placed in two hydration tunnels (supplied by First Tunnels) where it will remain for the next few years.  It is being sprayed three times an hour with a citric solution which will help prevent corrosion.  To see the amazing moment when the aircraft was lifted from the seabed please view our video.

Visitors are now able to learn all about the Dornier Do 17, its recovery and its conservation in the Dornier Interpretation Zone.  Alongside the aircraft there is a multi-media exhibit with archive footage, including the moment when the aircraft was successfully raised from the seabed.

Visitors with smartphones can also see a Dornier Do 17 flying through augmented reality, via a newly developed App.

More information about the app is available here.

We now have a new website devoted to the Dornier Do 17 recovery 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 creation of the Dornier Do 17 Interpretation Zone 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.

The lifting of the Dornier has been 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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Opening Hours  

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

car parking charge is payable.

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford,
Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP
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Dornier 17 - lifted from the seabed on 10th June 2013
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