Helldiver Salvaged

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  1. ccheese

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    #1 ccheese, Aug 21, 2010
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    A rare WW-II dive bomber was lifted 90 feet from the bottom of a San Diego reservoir Friday and hoisted
    to dry land for the first time in 65 years. The SB2C Helldiver was brought to the surface after days of work
    to free it from the several feet of mud and debris on the dark floor of Lower Otay Reservoir, where it was
    spotted last year by two men using a fish finder.

    The Helldiver crashed when the engine failed during a training flight on May 28, 1945. Sgt. Joseph Metz and
    his pilot, E.D. Frazar swam to shore and survived but have since died.

    The aircraft was fully intact, when recovered.

    The plane will be dried out, disassembled and trucked to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola,
    Fla. for restoration and display.

    This from an article in the Norfolk Virginian Pilot by Chris Carlson of the Associated Press.

    This is a photo of the pilot, E.D. Frazar, and the ill fated SB2C.

    Charles
     

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    Very cool. Last I read they were going to have a lot of difficulty raising it due to zero visibility and thick mud. Glad they got it done
     
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    Wow! What a find. Hope to be able to see it finished one day.:thumbright: :cool:
     
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    Very cool indeed! Hope to see it one day.
     
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    Very cool indeed!
    I was stationed at Ream Field in the early 60's with HS-2 training and HS-4 permanent duty!!!!
    I had no idea it was operational in WWII.
    I wonder how many times He went to Tiajuana for Tacos?????
     
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    Salvage: a Curtiss Helldiver divebomber emerges from a San Diego reservoir where it crashed in 1945. The plane was notoriously difficult to fly and was nicknamed 'Son of a Bitch 2nd Class'.
     

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    Helldiver is a rare bird. Got to see one fly at Reading back in June.

    Like to see this one in the air as well!

    TO
     
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