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Just 40 minutes from success

The GPS Apollo ready to lift on

On Sunday 2nd of June the Royal Air Force Museum attempted to lift the Dornier 17 off the bottom of the English Channel, just off Goodwin Sands. After two years of planning, the Museum came within 40 m
inutes of success when a sudden increase in winds around the Goodwin Sands area made the sea too choppy to lift the Dornier 17. Regrettably, and with the safety of the crew and the aircraft in mind, the lift was called off.

Since this aborted attempt, the Royal Air Force Museum has been hugely encouraged by the support we have received from across the globe. Not only has this taken the form of messages of goodwill, but the Museum has received substantial additional funding from private individuals and organisations in both Europe and America.

After studying the long range weather forecast, the Museum will make another attempt at raising the Dornier 17 late next week (the week ending 16th June), as soon as an appropriate weather window presents itself. As soon as the Museum is confident that it can make an attempt we will inform the public via our social media platforms and website of this. 

To help us reach our 41st minute please make a donation here.

Paul Hudson-Knight, Head of Marketing
About the Author

Paul Hudson-Knight, Head of Marketing

Paul Hudson-Knight joined the Royal Air Force Museum as Head of Marketing in early 2008, having previously worked in event organisation & commercial radio. He first visited the RAF Museum in London in 1982 and fell in love with it then. His intention is to introduce the Museum to a new generation of young men and women so that they may be as passionate about it as he is.

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