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NOAA scientists while exploring the Mariana Trench have come across the wreckage of a B-29 flying superfortress! - video

A remarkable discovery by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration! Scientists on a research mission to explore and survey the Mariana Trench have found the wreckage of a Boeing B-29 heavy bomber, dating back to World War II! What is even more unusual is that the research unit “Okeanos” was at the time
Published: July 11, 2016 - 18:29
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 13:41
NOAA scientists while exploring the Mariana Trench have come across the wreckage of a B-29 flying superfortress! – video

A remarkable discovery by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration! Scientists on a research mission to explore and survey the Mariana Trench have found the wreckage of a Boeing B-29 heavy bomber, dating back to World War II!

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What is even more unusual is that the research unit “Okeanos” was at the time conducting a live broadcast and the audience gathered in front of computers could observe the discovery and exploration of the remains of the flying superfortress.

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The find was made on 9 July on the penultimate day of project carried out between 20 April and 10 July 2016. The task of the researchers at that time was to explore and create documentation from the study of the deepest place in the world – the Mariana Trench. The wreck of the American bomber was located at a depth of 357 metres.

The discovery was made near the Northern Mariana Islands, specifically Saipan, the largest of the archipelago’s four islands. During the final period of World War II, it was here and on the nearby island of Tinian that one of the main US Airforce air bases was located. The B-29 super-fortresses grouped here carried out long-range raids against the Empire of Great Japan.

On NOAA’s official facebook account we can find information that many units were then lost during take-off and landing attempts. This was usually due to technical problems or mistakes made by the pilots.

The wreckage found is of immense importance to Americans and the history of the US Airforce. Until now, no unit that crashed in Saipan Channel waters has ever been found.

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Thanks to the use of an ROV, it was possible to look at the remains of the found Boeing and make photo and video documentation. Scientists will now study the collected data to determine the condition of the craft. It is not known whether there is any data on the material collected that will allow the machine to be identified in the future.

Source: facebook.com/OceanExplorationResearch

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