Graf Zeppelin may have been found

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  1. Smokey

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    SimHQ Forums: OT: wreck of Graf Zeppelin located?

    Two weeks ago, on the 12th of July 2006, a ship belonging to Petrobaltic (a Polish oil company) found a 265 m. long wreck close to the port of Łeba which may be the Graf Zeppelin

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    German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Awesome that would be great if they found it!
     
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    Graf Zeppelin in the sonar pics...
     

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    Yep, the sonar looks about right as well so it could well be her I guess we will find out soon enough.
     
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    Graf Zeppelin- model
     

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    Nice! what scale is it?
     
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    nice, it is good to see 109s and Stukas flying off the carriers for a change
     
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    Cool I would love some pictures of the wreck.
     
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    Yeah I hope they post some of the wreck soon.

    It would be really neat if they would raise it and turn it into a museum over here in Germany.
     
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    Yes that would be great.
     
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    I think give it a version of the Horton 229 flying off the decks as a naval fighter and we could see an interesting result. Regardless it is fascinating. There is a little bit of a question- if the wreck is WW2 and not Graf Zeppelin then who or what is it? It certainly does seem the right size, and shape. From memory Graf Zeppelin was a battleship being converted into an aircraft carrier. Therefore we can't actually be totally sure how she would have performed in any weather.
     
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    It has been confirmed as the wreck of the GZ. I cant wait till someone goes down there though and takes some pics of it. She was a beautiful ship and I would love too see what she looks like now.
     
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    Great news, can also not wait to see some pics of the wreck.
     
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    wow really cool that they have found her :)
     
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    Now they must take some pics of her and it would be complete.
     
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    It would also be interesting to know how much of her was ever completed. I wonder just how much of the equipment necessary for an aircraft carrier she had when she sank? Also what was her hull like? The records I think are educated guesses.
     
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    She was almost completed and had her engines fitted but still needed a lot of stuff to make her a fully operational aircraft carrier. The Russians maybe took what they wanted from her so we will never know in what state the was in at the time they sank her.
     
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    Yes, sadly, we never will know just how close WW2 Germany had come to having a functional aircraft carrier...
     
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