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Explore recovered World War II aircraft in Wargaming's new app

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World of Warplanes developer released an augmented-reality mobile app today, Apparition, that allows users to take a virtual tour of a German aircraft from World War II, the studio announced today.

Last year, joined with the U.K.'s Royal Air Force Museum to help recover the only surviving Dornier Do 17, a German light bomber, from its watery grave in the Goodwin Sands off the southeast coast of England. The salvage operation was successful — you can watch the recovery process here — and the plane is now on display at a special exhibit presented by at the RAF Museum in Cosford, U.K.

Apparition, which is now available on iOS, offers a special interactive experience to users. They can travel around the world to certain locations and see a full-size 3D model of the Dornier, then take a photograph in those places with the aircraft for a chance to be part of the Dornier Do 17 exhibition set to open at the RAF Museum in London this year.

This isn't the first military aircraft recovery effort supported by The studio previously funded an expedition to uncover British World War II-era Spitfires in Burma.

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