Luftwaffe’s Dornier 17 found off UK’s Kent coast may go on display in London museum

New images of the Dornier 17 that was recently found off the Kent coast in Goodwin Sands reveal that the warplane is still intact.

‘The flying pencil’, as it was known, was designed in 1934 to carry passengers, but was instead used as a warplane during the Second World War.

Although 1,700 Dornier’s were built before the war, today it is thought the one discovered at Goodwin Sands is the last of its kind. There are already plans to raise the aircraft and put it on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, London. 

Experts believe that two of the four passengers onboard the aircraft died upon impact when the aircraft was forced to crash land into the sea while the remaining survives were taken as prisoners of war.

RAF page on Dornier 17

Flightglobal’s Battle of Britain dedicated page (celebrating 70 years in 2010)

Flightglobal Archive: Wing construction diagram and general arrangement drawing of Do.17

RAF Museum, Hendon – Dornier 17 Underwater Survey Now Available to View

This blog entry was written by Laura Ombelet, this week’s Flightglobal intern. She attends St Bedes in Redhill, Surrey.

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