How Underwater Drones Are Searching For The Lost Pilots Of WWII

How Underwater Drones Are Searching For The Lost Pilots Of WWII

Deep below the Pacific Ocean, dozens of WWII pilots are laying in watery graves, still inside the aircraft took them across the sky decades ago. It’s far to late for a rescue, but as Popular Science explains, the people behind the BentProp Project — and their undersea drones — are surfacing these soldiers’ incredible history.

From Popular Science:

Last year, local spear fishermen diving on Palau’s western barrier reef stumbled across one of the most impressive finds: an intact plane. They alerted the owner of a dive shop, who passed photos of the wreck along to BentProp. Scannon’s team eventually identified the plane as an American Corsair.

When [they] reach the Corsair, engineers lower the [autonomous underwater vehicle], now equipped with GoPro HERO3 HD cameras, into the water, and it once again begins a methodical sweep. Back in California, [the team] will use the thousands of captured images, plus hundreds of photos taken by human divers, to build a 3-D reconstruction of the plane.

BrentProp believes there are at least 8 more US planes hidden in this corner of the ocean, and using their autonomous underwater vehicle called “Remus,” they intend to find the rest. It’s an undersea mission that’s been a long time coming. You can hop over to Popular Science for the all the details of the awesome project. [Popular Science]

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