Believed to be the only intact example of its kind in the world, it has lain in 50ft (15m) of water on the Goodwin Sands.There's a picture series at this link, showing the plane emerging from the water and being lowered onto the recovery barge.
Attempts by the RAF Museum to salvage the relic had been hit by strong winds over the last few weeks.
The BBC's Nick Higham on board the salvage barge said the weather conditions for the hour-long operation were "near perfect" on Monday evening.
There is a lot of historic interest in this effort; the "Flying
Needle Pencil" was the mainstay of the German efforts during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Despite that, there are no preserved examples anywhere in the world. The discovery of this plane on the bottom of the English Channel led to three years of planning and obtaining of funds to rectify that situation. The remains of the aircraft are headed to restoration at the RAF's museum in Cosford, Shropshire. (Museum statement here. If you'd like to donate to restoration, here.)
It's estimated it will take at least two years to ready the aircraft for display. A great deal of time will be needed rinsing it down with water, citric acid, and NaOH to neutralize the corroding effects from decades of soaking in sea water. There will doubtless be the need to fabricate missing elements as well. It's remarkable as much of the plane survived as it did.
This is an update to a diary on the salvage effort from last month.