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Do-17 salvage starts today

Old 11th Jun 2013, 12:28
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After seeing what they retrieved for the vast sum of money expended, I think I'd be very disappointed if I'd been a financial supporter of the project. That is nothing more than a pile of scrap. I would have spent the money on building a replica.
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Old 11th Jun 2013, 22:01
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Here's a more decent set of photos :
World War II German bomber raised from sea - CNN.com
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Old 12th Jun 2013, 13:57
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Well I dont want to sound Negative, but what in Gods name do they expect to produce to show, as previously stated a new Replica would have been a better bet to spend money on in these tough financial time's, rather than a heap of corroded Aluminium.

Or better still give that money to thye BBMF!! or the Vulcan trust,.... now that would get a load of approval from us all.

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Old 15th Jun 2013, 17:39
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I was at Cosford today, and by complete coincidence the Dornier arrived there this afternoon.

A few shots for you all...

The arrival.

A sneak peek under the tarps.

Fuselage section unloading.

Quite interesting, actually. But the photos obviously can't convey the utter stench of rotting metal coated in 70 years of seabed detritus which pervaded over the whole camp. It was unbelieveable!

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Old 21st Jun 2013, 01:16
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Devil Sometimes, it's just way too late....

After so very long in saltwater, there was never going to be much to see. As expected, it's a crumbling heap of corrosion. Normally, I'm very supportive of the RAFM's stirling effort, but not on this one. It was clearly misguided.
Sadly, I feel that the large expenditure was driven by a rather distorted, anoraky view of what history really is. After all, will folks go to a museum and run towards it saying 'Look, it's a Do17z'...? Doubtful...
Had it been in freshwater, there may have been rather more to look at. As it is, it's pretty-much a pile of (Expensive.) cr*p... They were about fifty years too late.
I don't know the final figures, but I think it ran into hundreds of thousands of Pounds....money that could easily have been better-spent. As others have said, on a decent replica would have been far better. Wether that money came from the RAFM, MOD, or a sponsor is not relevant.
Of course, there are plenty in the 'Enthusiast' community only too ready to blow smoke up each-others exhaust-stubs on this. Probably the same fools who buy any bit of scrap on eBay related to the BoB and stick on the lounge mantle, doubtless much to the chagrin of their partners...!
If the RAFM must set about this kind of adventure, they'd be better plumbing the depths of the cold, freshwater lakes of Eastern Europe. At least the remains might be worth exhibiting...!
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Old 21st Jun 2013, 21:21
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Thought it was a Dornier not a Stirling.......but sterling effort, nevertheless.
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Old 7th Jul 2013, 08:17
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"Sadly, I feel that the large expenditure was driven by a rather distorted, anoraky view of what history really is".
I have chosen this quote as it echoes several made recently.
Actually, what history really is, is to be found via primary sources. This artefact is a primary source from the Battle of Britain- it was in existence at the time. Aircraft replicas, and modern films about the Battle are secondary sources.
Another example: grainy gun-camera footage of a dogfight which has been stored since the 1940s is much more valuable than colour CGI put together by the History Channel. At least in the view of some of us. Another couple of decades and the primary sources will be gone forever. Replicas can be made until the end of time.

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