Douglas AD-4L Skyraider (San Diego — XX fsw)

Douglas AD-4L Skyraider (San Diego — XX fsw)

Douglas A-1 Skyraider The Douglas A-1 Skyraider was designed as a carrier-based, single-seat, long-range dive/torpedo bomber and as the next generation of the TBM/F Avenger. Interestingly enough, the TBM was a 3-person aircraft and the Skyraider was a single pilot aircraft (some later variants were widened considerably and had two seats side-by-side). The Skyraider continued [...]

USS Cockatoo (AMc 8) / The Vashon (Catalina — 150 fsw)

USS Cockatoo (AMc 8) / The Vashon (Catalina — 150 fsw)

The Vashon is another wreck on Catalina Island that is very rarely dived and has an interesting history including service in Pearl Harbor as the USS Cockatoo (AMc 8). Background The Vashon is on the "backside" of the island and has an interesting history and some conflicting information in terms of location. When I first [...]