Intact Nazi Warplane Off Kent Coast

Date: 1/6/2011

An aeroplane linked to an iconic event in British history has been found off the Kent coast. Known as ‘the flying pencil,’ the Dornier 17 was designed as a passenger plane in 1934 and later converted for military use as a fast bomber. High-resolution images appear to show that the Goodwin Sands plane suffered only minor damage to its forward cockpit and observation windows. The plane is still vulnerable to the areas notorious shifting sands and is the target of recreational divers hoping to salvage souvenirs. The RAF museum has launched an appeal to raise funds for the lifting operation.

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