Chase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 14386 times:
Last month I went scuba diving at Mermet Springs in southern Illinois, and they have a (wingless, engineless) 727 at the bottom of the quarry. Not sure which airline it flew for, but it was one of 2 used in filming the movie "US Marshalls", and therefore is wearing PanAm colors.
I've heard that there was a Discovery Channel program about sinking a 737 somewhere in the world for people to dive on.
I'm just wondering if others here know of any other sunken airliners at scuba sites, or details on the 737 mentioned above. (I'm not really interested in GA aircraft as they seem to be quite common at dive sites, and I'm also referring specifically to intentionally-sunken aircraft, not crash sites)
Thanks to anyone who can provide any info!
Not good enough for a.net, but here's a picture of me at the 727:
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13866 times:
When in Holland a few years ago I recall seeing the nose of a Boeing ( IIRC, a 737 ) somewhere in Zeeland.
I couldn't find any further datails about which model / airframe it was, but did find out that there was project to sink this for divers to use - can't lay my hands on any info now, but is this the only such artificail reef in Europe?
LEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13727 times:
Quoting JoKeR (Reply 5): believe that Dubai has an IL86 sunk somewhere along the coast, but could be wrong
You are quite correct in that the fuselage section of an ex Aeroflot IL-86 is in the Dubai Creek which is the inlet which runs through the City.The Aircraft had made a wheels up landing several years earlier when the crew forgot to lower the gear.
Aircraft was intended as a diving wreck but I cannot confirm if it is still there.
Skibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13672 times:
Isn't there a sunken Stevens Aviation 747 in AA colors somewhere off of the Bahamas? It struck an oil rig while some art thieves had hijacked the plane to steal its cargo. The plane sank with passengers on board and had to be temporarily raised with balloons to get the passengers out.
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 7352 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13571 times:
In Roatan, at one time there was a SAHSA DC-3 which had overrun the runway at RTB. The wrecked plane was sunk next to the wreck of the Prince Albert, near French Harbour. The last time I dived that site was before Hurricane Mitch, so I cannot speak to the condition of the wreck today. It was quite amusing to me and my family that the wreck was indeed a SAHSA plane, since we had flown SAHSA a few times to Central America and understood why SAHSA stood for "Stay at Home, Stay Alive."
Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9104 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13527 times:
Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 8): Isn't there a sunken Stevens Aviation 747 in AA colors somewhere off of the Bahamas? It struck an oil rig while some art thieves had hijacked the plane to steal its cargo. The plane sank with passengers on board and had to be temporarily raised with balloons to get the passengers out.
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
If you've got a submersible, you can try this one...I wouldn't recommend it, though... I wonder what kind of condition the wreck is in...
Quote: Isn't there a sunken Stevens Aviation 747 in AA colors somewhere off of the Bahamas? It struck an oil rig while some art thieves had hijacked the plane to steal its cargo. The plane sank with passengers on board and had to be temporarily raised with balloons to get the passengers out.
Yeah, I heard that Mr. Stevens got a great deal from Columbia Airlines...seems one of their 747's was involved in a mid-air collision over Utah, and since it was going to have to be extensively overhauled anyway, Columbia put it up for sale, and Stevens made a bid for the plane. The pictures I saw of the interior were pretty incredible, though!!
Talk about a cursed airplane!!
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RandyWaldron From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 324 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13296 times:
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 13): Yeah, I heard that Mr. Stevens got a great deal from Columbia Airlines...seems one of their 747's was involved in a mid-air collision over Utah
Right...and don't forget..Joe Patroni got that big "Tom Cat" down to Miami for the Steven's Corporation to purchase so Federation World Airlines could by the Concorde. Eddie Albert supervised construction of those, too.
COrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13253 times:
Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1): I know in Aruba there is a wrecked DC-3/C-47 that belonged to, I think the Royal Dutch Air Force. Not sure if you can scuba to it thou.
Quoting KstateinALB (Reply 4): Yup you can, I just did in August when I was there. My dad's company hired a tour operator who showed us the wreck...pretty sick.
There are several planes in Aruba. Here is a picture I took from the we did, which I think was supposed to be a Convair 400 from Air Aruba. We did a swim through all the way from the tail to the cockpit - pretty cool. No seats in it so it was pretty easy.
You used to be able to dive the plane that they sunk in the Bahamas from 'Into the Blue' but when I was there they said it had been torn up by a hurricane and not much is left.
TransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12971 times:
I snorkeled through an old DC-3 off Norman's Cay/Bahamas this summer. Off Nassau there are also a few sunken planes, but in deeper water, they require scuba gear. I know of one cessna and another DC-3.
ATP2033 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 12271 times:
There is also a BAe146 which has been dropped into a flooded quarry near Chepstow, England. The aircraft is Con No E1035 which was scrapped by FlyBE in late 2007. See the link below for futher info (scroll down the page to get to it !!)
In July of 1948, a B-29A Superfortress bomber was on an Army Air Forces scientific mission to study variations in solar radiation with altitude as part of the Upper Air Research Project. The mission called for runs from "as low as possible" to 30,000 feet and back. The aircraft had taken off from Inyokern, CA and was on one of its final runs of the day. After completing a run to 30,000 feet east of Lake Mead, the crew began their descent and leveled out just 300 feet above the lake's surface. It was a midsummer's day and winds were completely calm. The crew described the lake as looking like a mirror, with the sun reflecting brightly off the surface. These conditions make judging height above the surface incredibly difficult. Combine that with an incorrectly set altimeter, thermal activity from midday heat and inexperience on the part of the pilots in flight over water and the stage for this accident was set.
The B-29 struck the water at nearly 250 miles per hour. The pilots were able to pull up and get the plane airborne again, skipping it like a stone across a calm pond. The impact had ripped 3 of the B-29's 4 engines from their mounts, set fire to the fourth and severely damaged the left wing and horizontal stabilizer. While initially the pilots were able to regain perhaps 200-300 feet of altitude with the plane's momentum, its fate was sealed. Within a few seconds the B-29 was on its way back down to the water. Fuel cutoffs were engaged and engine #1 was feathered as the pilots prepared the plane for ditching. They managed to bring it in tail first, slowly decelerating until finally the plane came to rest. All five aboard got out before the plane sank, escaping in two life rafts. About 12 minutes after ditching, the B-29 disappeared beneath the surface, not to be seen again for over 53 years.
I'm hoping to dive both in YVR and the Lake Mead site soon!!!
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Vanguard737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 689 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 11756 times:
There are some Luftwaffe planes in shallow water off Crete that can be dived. They are from the invasion of Crete, which is a very interesting story in and of itself. I know of some Stukas and Ju-52's. I am sure there are others as well.