Dornier Do 17 Recovery

A closer look at the preservation work of the rare WWII bomber.

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**The Dornier Do 17 about to surface. The airplane was discovered five years ago submerged within the English Channel.
** (Photos courtesy of the Royal Air Force Museum)
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**The Dornier Do 17 being raised off the coast of Kent. The airplane is believed to be the only remaining complete airplane of its kind in the world.
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**The rare airplane had been submerged in 50 feet of water for more than 70 years after being shot down during the Battle of Britain. Despite spending so much time under water, the aircraft has remained in surprisingly good condition.
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**The Dornier Do 17's identity plate remained legible, enabling a positive ID of the aircraft.
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Because of its thin shape, the bomber was nicknamed the "flying pencil."
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A rare color photograph of a Dornier Do 17Z in flight.
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A formation of Dornier Do 17Z bombers in flight.