Curtiss Helldiver Underwater Wreckage

Navy officials are working this week to uncover the mystery behind this rare Curtiss Helldiver found by scuba divers off the coast of Florida.

Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
An aircraft spotted in the waters near Jupiter, Florida, has been identified as a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver. (Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
A group of divers from Emerald Charters was led to the site of the aircraft thanks to a group of frightened fish. (Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
The U.S. Navy sent a recovery team down to investigate the site this week. (Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
Navy divers identified the Helldiver's bureau number yesterday and are using it to uncover the airplane's history. (Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
During the remainder of the week, the Navy team will work on entering the cockpit to see what, if any, remains lie within. (Photo courtesy of Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
(Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
(Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
(Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
(Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
(Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
(Photo courtesy of Alan C. Egan and Emerald Charters of Jupiter, Florida)
Curtiss Helldiver
Curtiss Helldiver
While more than 7,000 Curtiss SB2C Helldivers were produced during WWII, there is only one still flying today.