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Sunken Hellcat Fighter Found Off Miami Beach

Sunken Hellcat Fighter Found Off Miami Beach

The crew of a research submarine studying artificial reefs off Miami-Dade County has discovered the mostly intact wreck of a U.S. Navy World War II fighter plane lying upside down 240 feet deep off Miami Beach.

Researchers aboard the Antipodes were using three-dimensional sonar gear to investigate a blip on the sea floor last June when they found the 28-foot-long Grumman F6F Hellcat — encrusted with marine growth and dotted with exotic lionfish. The researchers shot high-definition photos and video of the plane and sent them to the U.S. Navy and the Smithsonian Institution.

For the complete story by Susan Cocking of The Miami Herald, click here.

Updated: November 27, 2012 — 3:18 PM

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