Underwater Airplane Recovery

Ever wonder what it takes to recover an airplane from a body of water? Check out these pics and find out.

Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Hoisting an aircraft from the murky depths is by no means an easy task. Shown here, during this first step of an underwater airplane recovery mission, a lift bag attached to the tail stinger breaks the surface of the water.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Silhouette of the wings coming to the surface.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Lift bags slowly bring the plane to the surface.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Additional Bags raise the wings allowing for water drainage.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Float plane getting towed to shore.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Divers add stabilizer bags to prevent rollover.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
** Aircraft is strategically cradled with air bags for egress.**
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Cessna's pontoons are pumped out.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Rich Morin slowly winches this gorgeous Cessna to dry land.
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Underwater Airplane Recovery
Cessna 180K after underwater recovery.