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Old 01-10-2015, 01:52 PM
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A Hellcat fighter found in 245 ft. of water off Miami Beach, FL.

"F6F Hellcat WWII-Era Aircraft Discovered off Coast of Florida
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

OceanGate Inc. discovers Grumman F6F Hellcat off the coast of Miami using manned submersible, 2D and 3D sonar technologies.

OceanGate discovered a World War II-era Grumman F6F Hellcat plane off the coast of Miami Beach. The plane was found during one of an ongoing series of dives in which OceanGate has been using its Teledyne BlueView high-frequency sonar and high-definition photo and video equipment to gather data pertaining to the artificial reefs in Miami-Dade County waters. Recognizing the potential historical and military significance of the find, OceanGate contacted officials at both the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Navy, who identified the wreck as a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft. “The discovery of this artifact is significant because it helps us reflect on and learn more about our country’s heritage, but also because it highlights the key role that direct observation plays in undersea exploration,” said Stockton Rush, co-founder and CEO of OceanGate. “Our sonar technology and ability to observe the undersea environment first-hand ultimately led to the discovery of this plane.”"

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Some color video of the wreck in place on the bottom. There are a ton of lionfish on it.

Wonder if this grouper has taken a liking to lionfish? Likely not but we can hope so.

A dry sub dive on the aircraft

"A flight of four (4) F6F-5P Hellcat USNR aircraft of NARTU Columbus, OH, VF-695, are in flight over Miami, FL.1950"

"Four (4) Hellcat, F6F-3 aircraft of VF-1 are in flight over Hawaii."

FKA, Inc.

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