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Dornier lift gets underway
A sidescan sonar image of the inverted Dornier 17Z WerkNr 1160, lying on the Goodwin Sands off Kent. RAFM
After three years of planning, the operation to recover the world’s only surviving Dornier Do 17Z began off the East Kent coast during the early hours of May 4, when specialist salvage barge, the GPS Apollo, anchored above the spot where the bomber has lain for the past 73 years. During the preceding weeks, divers descended 50ft to the wreck site, on the Goodwin Sands off the town of Deal, to assemble a purpose-built lifting frame around the delicate structure.
The frame is of modular construction, with the lower sections being inserted beneath the wings and rear fuselage before attachment to the upper lifting portion. Once on the surface, the lifting frame is designed to double up as a transport cradle, on which the Dornier was due to be towed north up the coast and then down the river Medway to Chatham, where the “Flying Pencil” was to come ashore.