When an airplane goes down to a watery grave, it slowly transforms into something other-worldly and astonishingly beautiful. Just like sunken ships, underwater plane wrecks become a playground for creatures of the deep and slowly corrode into something fantastic-looking. See for yourself!
Top image: crashed WW2 Corsair plane by Sphinx Wang/Shutterstock.
Lady of the Lake, a partially submerged WB-29, which is a variant of the iconic B-29 Superfortress, used for weather monitoring missions and to test radiation levels after nuclear weapon tests. It rests in a water-filled gravel pit on Eielson Air Force Base, 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska.
A B-17F named "Black Jack", ditched close to the beach near Boga-Boga, Papua New Guinea after the crew was unable to reach Port Moresby after a succesful bombing mission. The bomber had two malfunctioning engines and running low on fuel. Sunk on June 10, 1943, rediscovered in 1986.
An F6F Hellcat in the Pacific Ocean near Gizo, Solomon Islands
A Vought F4U Corsair fighter plane at Maunalua Bay, Hawaii. Sank in 1946 during a training exercise when it ran out of fuel.
A wreck of a P-38 Lightning in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
A Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
"Maid of Harlech", the oldest surviving P-38 Lightning (and the only intact P-38F), crash landed in Wales, 1942, resurfaced in 2007.
A Grumman F6F Hellcat, rests upside-down, discovered near Miami Beach, Florida in 2012
The F-4 Phantom of Subic Bay, Philippines. It was damaged beyond repair during Vietnam War and pushed off a US aircraft carrier.
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 "Sparviero" (means Sparrowhawk), sunk near Kas, Turkey
A Douglas DC-3, sunk to film Into The Blue (2005), Nassau, Bahamas
A Shorts 330-200 off Great Dog Island, Tasmania. The plane ran off the end of the runway into a bay in 1993. Later it was raised, but sunk again without wings as a part of an artificial reef.
A Swiss Sud Aviation Super Caravelle, sank off Porto Novo, Madeira, in December 1977, found in October 2011
A Douglas C-47 Skytrain, the military version of the Douglas DC-3, off the coast of Antalya, Turkey
Bonus: A Hawker Siddley HS-748 in the Capernwray Diving Centre, Carnforth, Lancashire, England