Last surviving German bomber could take years to preserve


The Telegraph reports:

The last surviving German bomber lifted from the bottom of the Channel will be stored in hydration tunnels and sprayed every 20 minutes as part of a painstaking operation to preserve it that may take years to complete.

The Dornier Do 17 bomber was being driven back from Ramsgate to RAF Cosford last night after it was recovered from the seabed. The bomber had to be covered in citric-acid based gels for the journey to prevent it from corroding.

Experts don’t know how long it will take to preserve the historic bomber but it could take up to five years before it can be permanently displayed at the RAF Museum in London within the Battle of Britain exhibition.

It will now be stored in hydration tunnels for up to 18 months until it is stabilised, before being transferred to a conservation centre at RAF Cosford when experts will ensure it is properly preserved.

A spokesperson for the RAF Museum said: “The plan for when the plane came into Ramsgate was for the wings to be separated from it so it could be transported.

“In order to keep it moist it will be covered in a citric-acid based gel and it will then be placed inside hydration tunnels. It could be in these tunnels for six months, or it could be as long as 18 months.

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