MYT332 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 9120 posts, RR: 67 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4166 times:
Just read today that a plan was put forward to BA, to turn Concorde into an Underwater Attraction off the coast of Barbados. She was to be sunk and laid to rest on the sea bed where holiday makers would scuba-dive down to see her.
I don't know about you but I think that's absolutely crazy and I'm glad BA 'sunk' the idea.
BA are quoted as saying "It was in bad taste and would make the plane look like an old ship wreck. We decided Concorde deserved a more respectful resting place"
Eldoylio From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 96 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4105 times:
Terrible idea for Concorde, agreed!
But not a bad idea for another type of aircraft. I know I would certainly pay to scuba dive down to look around a 747.
Imagine the unique perspective to be able to move around the massive airframe and view it from any angle. Being able to swim from under the wing, up to the top of the rudder before having a peek into the cockpit!
Now that would be worth trying.
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Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4082 times:
Yep... glad it's not Concorde!
However, to completely submerge a 747 with a tail height of just under 20m, plus leaving room for boats to be able to pass safely without grounding on the tailfin, I reckon you'd have to drop her to 30m.
That's in the realms of the PADI Advanced diver! I'm a qualified open water diver and good for 18m. Resort divers are lucky if they get much beyond 9m.
I wonder how long it would remain looking like a 747? You'd be surprised at how quickly marine ecology will sprout up over a new 'reef'!
And just think of the ecological uproar if they didn't drain it of all hydraulics, fuels etc!
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Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4044 times:
Yes I agree that that would have been an unworthy end for any Concorde. Since she inspired millions while in flight and is so rare it is always best to keep her in good condition in a museum for viewing rather than being ditched to produce a reef. As for using other planes, that is OK and has been done already in 1 or 2 places (I have heard of at least 1 727 being sunk).
It may interest you to know that in Trinidad a number of old buses were sunk to produce an artificial reef - but I am not aware of any diving in that area.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13605 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3870 times:
BA had literally 100's of bidders for the aircraft, however from the start any successful bid had preserve the aircraft in good condition for an extended period.
Any like this would not have been seriously considered for a moment, no doubt equally absurd ideas were put forward, but only serious bids from serious bidders got further consideration.
BA lease the aircraft to museums.
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3341 times:
There is a reef off Florida made up of Navy A-6 Intruders, Intruder Reef. anything sunk to be a reef must be totally cleaned of all potentially hazardous materials. Here in San Diego they sent an old Canadian Navy destroyer to the bottom a couple of years ago. Before sinking it was totally scrubbed, all hatches removed, extra access holes cut into it etc...
If you sink it in a designated area you don't have to go as deep and can keep it at rec diver depths.
Da man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3291 times:
There's an environmental group in Florida that wants to sink the USS Oriskany (CV-34) as a reef of Florida. The Oriskany would become the largest object intentionally sunk to become an artificial reef. I'm personally in favor of making her into a museum, its just more dignified for a ship of her experience (Korea and Vietnam).