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Lady Lex and Planes in Remarkable Shape after 76 Years at the Cold, Dark Bottom of the Coral Sea March 6, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, history, non squitur, silliness, Society.
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Billionaire Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, has spent some of his remarkable fortune on deep sea expeditions, finding old wrecks of historical value. Last year his crew found the USS Indianapolis, sunk after delivering the atomic bomb components to Tinian with most of her crew killed by sharks waiting for rescue.  He has also found the massive IJN battleship Musashi.

Just a few days ago, his research team found USS Lexington, CV-2, sunk during the Battle of Coral Sea by the US after she suffered catastrophic explosions from gasoline leaks after being hit by Japanese bombs.  The ship, and especially the aircraft, were in remarkably good shape.  Even the squadron emblems from “Fighting Three” (VF-3) were still plain as day, as were the dark grey/light grey finish, national markings (including the quickly dropped “meatball” in the star that it was feared would be confused with a similar meatball used on Japanese planes as their rising sun motif), kill markings, etc.  Structurally the planes don’t look as bad as one might think after three quarters of a century in the muck and gloom of the deep, deep ocean. In fact they look almost good enough to try to raise and refurbish for museum display.  What a historical coup that would be.

Lexington was part of the “first team” of pre-war, often career sailors and airmen who first held the line, and then very quickly turned the tables on the Japanese before massive American production of men and material made the War in the Pacific all but a foregone conclusion.

Totally non sequitur to this blog but ho boy I hope they post a lot more video and pics of this:

Wrecked Douglas TBD Devastator of Torpedo Three (VT-3)

That Felix the Cat symbol is famous and dates back to the 1920s in naval aviation.  It is still used today by VFA-31 “Tomcatters”

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Comments

1. Annie - March 6, 2018

That’s a much better use of one’s money then the common core and abortion for the third world.

2. Blaine - March 7, 2018

Amazing. Those look like the birds sitting in the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. Wow. Just wow.

Tantumblogo - March 7, 2018

I can’t believe how good their condition is. Bismarck didn’t look half that good, nor the Arado floatplanes she carried. Wonder if it is the tropical environment or something about the water there?

3. Kerry - March 7, 2018

In the film ‘Jaws’ it was said “…sharks got the rest”. This is incorrect. Most of the men died of exposure.

Tim - March 7, 2018

Numbskull - March 7, 2018

are you calling Cpt. Quint a liar? He was there, you know…

Tim - March 7, 2018

Even if they died of exposure, the sharks got them.

4. Tim - March 7, 2018

Saw this on the news this evening….what a find!


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