Wargaming has announced that the Dornier Do17 aircraft will be exhibited at the Royal Air Force Museum in London, United Kingdom upon completion of its restoration in 2015.
In 2013, Wargaming and the Royal Air Force Museum set out to retrieve and conserve the only known surviving Dornier Do17 aircraft and provide visitors with the opportunity to view the conservation process and learn more about its history and role throughout World War II.
The exhibit currently features restored pieces of the plane that can be physically interacted by the general public, with teams of volunteers working on their restoration. Upon its completion next year, the Dornier Do17 aircraft will be shipped from the RAF conservation workshop in Cosford, UK and featured in the Wargaming.net Interpretation Zone of the Museum in London.
To celebrate the opening of the Wargaming.net Interpretation Zone on February 28, 2014 Wargaming and the RAF Museum launched a mobile application, Apparition, using augmented reality to view a virtual version of the aircraft flying over the museum. Users were encouraged to submit photos of the hundreds of virtual Do17’s placed in various locations around the world, and the top 15 photos from Australia, UK, Ukraine, Philippines, Mexico and the USA were chosen to be on display at the exhibit.
“Offering people around the world to participate in each step of the Dornier Do17 renovation process has been a truly gratifying experience,” said Tracy Spaight, special projects director at Wargaming. “As a company heavily invested in the preservation of military history, we feel it’s important to show our gratitude and appreciation towards these unique relics.”
For more information on the Wargaming.net Interpretation Zone, the Apparition application winners, and other news, visit: Wgdo17.com
About the Dornier 17 Project
In June 2013 the world witnessed the successful project to raise the only known German Dornier Do17 bomber, from the waters of the Goodwin Sands, three miles off the east coast of England. More than 1,500 examples of the Dornier 17 medium bomber were built. The twin engine, twin fin configuration together with the narrow fuselage and shoulder mounted engines gave the aircraft a distinctive silhouette and earned it the nickname ‘The Flying Pencil’. Over 400 were employed by the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.
For more information on the Dornier and other aircraft on display at the RAF Museum Cosford, visit the Museum’s website www.rafmuseum.org or call 01902 376200.