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.