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Tue, Aug 31, 2010

Helldiver Extracted From A California Lake Arrives At Pensacola

Naval Aviation Museum Set To Begin The Restoration Process

After 65 years at the bottom of Califorina's Otay Reservoir, an SB2c-4 Helldiver has made its way to Pensacola, FL, where it will be restored by the Naval Aviation Museum for display there.


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The airplane was ditched in the reservoir when it lost power during a training flight in 1945. The pilot and rear gunner managed to swim to shore, but the plane sank to the bottom and was eventually covered in silt and mud. It remained there until a salvage crew brought it back to the surface a couple of weeks ago, and it is now in Pensacola awaiting restoration.

"It's an airplane that we've been trying to get for our collection for a long time." said museum director Captain Bob Rasmussen. He said the previous Helldiver that had been on display at the museum had been on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, and had been taken back to Washington, DC.

Television station WALA in Mobile, AL reports that the Museum has been trying to retrieve the plane from the California reservoir for a year and a half. Now, Rassmussen says the first step is to clean the mud off and out of the airplane using high-pressure water and a lot of scrubbing. He says the Helldiver won't be ready to display for about three years.

FMI: www.navalaviationmuseum.org

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