F8F-1 Bearcat (Point Loma, CA — 230 fsw)

F8F-1 Bearcat (Point Loma, CA — 230 fsw)

Background We have located the wreck of a rare F8F-1 Bearcat airplane deep in the waters off of Point Loma, California. This post details the discovery of the wreck, identifying the type of airplane, and background information on the F8F Bearcat. While we haven’t yet conducted a follow-up dive to confirm the identity via a [...]

“Full Stall Landing” — TBF-1C Avenger (Point Loma — 150 fsw)

“Full Stall Landing” — TBF-1C Avenger (Point Loma — 150 fsw)

Background We believe that we have located, dived and identified a new WW II TBF-1C Avenger (Bureau Number 24272) airplane wreck in Southern California off of Point Loma. A couple months ago, Tyler had a "breakthrough" on how to combine and overlay a few different disparate data sources in order to locate potential new targets. [...]

B-36 Peacemaker (San Diego — 210 fsw & 255 fsw)

B-36 Peacemaker (San Diego — 210 fsw & 255 fsw)

The B-36 Peacemaker The B-36 "Peacemaker" is an enormous airplane that was designed and built by Convair. I've always thought it was an interesting moniker to be called the "Peacemaker" since it was built the be the first bomber capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons in the massive US arsenal from inside the [...]

Unidentified Vessel / Tour Boat (Imperial Beach — 220 fsw)

Unidentified Vessel / Tour Boat (Imperial Beach — 220 fsw)

Background This is another case where we had seen some ROV footage of a large "yacht-like" vessel and had an approximate location but hadn't been able to pinpoint it. After multiple attempts to locate it, I went with Lora and Chris on the Marissa for another attempt -- but this time we had the sonar [...]

PBM Mariner Debris Field Exploratory Dives (San Diego, CA)

PBM Mariner Debris Field Exploratory Dives (San Diego, CA)

Background After our second dive on the PBM Mariner, we spent a little time scanning the surrounding area to look for more debris. Tyler had found the tire section a short distance away and we had a feeling there might be more. Lora's new sidescan and sonar system on the Marissa are really beneficial when [...]