WWII F6F Hellcat found in 240′ Off Miami Beach!

Sunken WWII Fighter Plane off Miami Beach

An F6F Hellcat discovered in 240′ of water off Miami Beach

Alright, so maybe this isn’t particularly fishing related – but how cool is this!? I almost couldn’t believe what I was reading when I stumbled across the news that a WWII fighter plane had been found off Miami Beach!

You have to wonder just how many other wrecks and other treasures lay in the depths off the coast of Miami…after all, this is a major shipping port that has been rocked by hurricanes for decades. While there are dozens of known wrecks that went down in storms or were intentionally sunk to form artificial reefs, i’d be willing to bet there are even more that remain undiscovered.

According to the original coverage by NBC 6, the Hellcat was discovered back in June, but news has just gone public. The company which discovered the aircraft, OceanGate Inc, found the fighter plane using high-frequency sonar and and high-definition photo equipment while gathering data on artificial reefs in Miami-Dade waters.

…and while the picture provided to the media (above) is somewhat blurry – is that a lionfish hanging under the wing?? Hard to believe how many there really are lurking around the wreck.

Capt. Charlie Ellis

Capt. Charlie Ellis

Captain at Miami Fishing Charters LLC
Capt. Charlie Ellis of Miami, FL has 25 years experience fishing for big game species like Bluefin Tuna, Sailfish, Swordfish, and Sharks. Capt. Charlie is also an avid scuba diver, world traveler, writer, and entrepreneur.
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