A Heinkel He-115 was lifted out of the sea yesterday. It sunk after a hard landing during the war, 1 kilometer from the base at Stavanger airport, Norway. The hangar at the base, is an aircraft museum today, where the Heinkel will be displayed. It is finally coming home It is the only original HE-115 remaining in the world today.
They will dismantle the aircraft in 5 pieces, and put them in a fresh water tank for 2-3 years. The wreck is in such good condition that expect they will be able to screw it apart. It will be decided later what to do with it, but the museum got both a spare engine, and original floats.
does anybody know what that is supposed to be good for? Obvioulsy the salt water has to come off, but that can be done with a pressure washer or a garden hose ...
It's not only the salt from the salt water, obviously
But there are also a lot of minerals, chemicals and other stuff that have penetrated the aircraft's metal... Almost impregnating it after such a long time
putting it in fresh water for a long time causes that stuff to dissolve once more, but now from the inside out...
If you just left it in open air form nearly 70 years in salt water all the stuff will work its way out and completely and utterly destroy the metal
I think it's explained when you look up the Wiki on the Mary Rose and the ship from Sweden...
A very good news.
When looking at the restored Heinkel He-111P (today's only survivor of this early variant of the bomber), one can be sure that the Norvegians will do again a very great work (all the more they already got the missing parts).
Among the other aircraft on restoration or planned to be restored in Norway, there should be also, If I don't mistake, a Junkers Ju-88A and a Petlyakov Pe-2.