The Wildcat F4F Plane wreck

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The Wildcat F4F Plane wreck

The Wildcat F4F Plane wreck

If you like WWII wrecks, this one is waiting for you in Bormes Harbour! The Wildcat F4F is an American plane which showed outstanding performance and records during the Pacific War: measuring 12m across it could reach speeds over 500 km/h! It was used after WWII by the French Navy on the aircraft carrier Hermes. The how and why of this one's lying at the bottom of the sea are unclear. In the 1950's it became unfixable, so the most likely explanation is that it's been... discarded! Descend in the blue and you'll make out the shape of the plane as it's resting on a sandy bottom, 53m deep. The nose is broken off but the rest is in good condition and the cabin is open; the propeller is still in place. It is truly a wreck lovers' dive since there's not much in fauna and flora apart for the odd conger eels and the big eyes hiding inside or patrolling the artificial reef. Be aware of the current that can sweep you out... quite violently. A beautiful dive for experienced divers only!

If you like WWII wrecks, this one is waiting for you in Bormes Harbour! The Wildcat F4F is an American plane which showed outstanding performance and records during the Pacific War: measuring 12m across it could reach speeds over 500 km/h! It was used after WWII by the French Navy on the aircraft carrier Hermes. The how and why of this one's lying at the bottom of the sea are unclear. In the 1950's it became unfixable, so the most likely explanation is that it's been... discarded! Descend in the blue and you'll make out the shape of the plane as it's resting on a sandy bottom, 53m deep. The nose is broken off but the rest is in good condition and the cabin is open; the propeller is still in place. It is truly a wreck lovers' dive since there's not much in fauna and flora apart for the odd conger eels and the big eyes hiding inside or patrolling the artificial reef. Be aware of the current that can sweep you out... quite violently. A beautiful dive for experienced divers only!

If you like WWII wrecks, this one is waiting for you in Bormes Harbour! The Wildcat F4F is an American ...

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Depth
  • Maximum 35
  • Maximum 25
Required scuba diving level / certification
Technical cert. or CMAS 3. Deep and wreck diving experience highly recommended.

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