Corsair Wreck

Also known as Chance Vought F4U, Corsair, F4U Corsair, Vought F4U Corsair

Water
Sea (Salt water)
Features
Wreck
Depth
23.6 m (avg)
33 m (max)
Diver Level
Advanced Only
Dive Seven users have indicated that boat traffic can be hazardous at this site. Take care when on or near the surface and use a buoy if required.

This fighter plane sank off the coast of Hawaii Kai in 1946 during a training exercise when the plane ran out of fuel. The pilot bailed out to safety, leaving the plane on the sandy bottom. This is the only wreck in Hawaii that was not intentionally sunk.

The port wing is buried beneath the surface and the starboard wing is exposed to fish and divers alike. The aft hook and wheel is also visible. Sponge and coral have established since the wreck settled.

A large anchor lies nearby, holding a buoy beneath the surface. This is a good place to tie off and descend.

Best dived at slack tide as the current can really pick up here within a few hours of then.

The Change Vought F4U Corsair plane served in some air forces until the 1960s, following the longest production run of any piston-enginged fighter in history (1940-1953).

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