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Before it is too late...

Since 1986, members of the Museum have participated in the recovery of aircraft and aircraft components both in Germany and abroad.

Our connections with aircraft enthusiasts, interest groups and partner museums have resulted in a shared wealth of experience that is steadily increasing. Bundeswehr engineers support the search and recovery operations.

On average, the Museum is involved in three to five recovery operations per year. Among the finds made by the Museum and its partners in the past, the following objects are particularly noteworthy:

A Ju 52/3m airplane recovered from Lake Hartvikvann near Narvik (Norway) in a joint project by Gunther Leonhardt (Aviation Museum Laatzen-Hannover), the "Interessengemeinschaft Ju 52 e.V." (association with a common interest in Ju 52 aircraft), the Community of Tradition of Air Transport Wing 62 and the Norwegian government on 22 August 1986. Today, the plane is on display in the Ju 52 hangar of the Wunstorf airfield on loan from our Museum.

A Focke-Wulf 190 D-9 plane recovered from Lake Schwerin by the Museum and various interest groups on 15 November 1990.

Parts of the Fritz X guidable rocket bomb recovered in Hesedorf by Museum personnel, divers from Mountain Engineer Battalion 8, Ingolstadt and soldiers from the local materiel depot of the Bundeswehr in June 2008. 

A Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun plane recovered from the Jasmund Bodden on the island of Rügen by Museum personnel and divers from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Schwerin) police / Mountain Engineer Battalion 8, Ingolstadt on 19 November 2009.

A Junkers JU 88, recuperated from the Baltic Sea close to Sassnitz on June 1st - June 15th, 2012, by the museum, divers from Mountain Engineer Battalion 8, Ingolstadt and the crew of German Navy seagoing tug Spiekeroog. The wreck is now being preserved in the museum conservation center and examined by museum historians.