An Initial Site Assessment of Submerged Naval Aircraft off the Coast of Pensacola, Florida

Author(s): Hunter W Whitehead; Nicole O Mauro

Year: 2016

Summary

Known locally as the U.S. Navy's ‘Cradle of Aviation’, the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida has been a fundamental training ground for U.S. naval aviation since the beginning of the 20th century. During World War II, the U.S. Navy was eager to train as many young pilots as possible. Many of those inexperienced pilots were quickly processed through an accelerated flight-training program. Often aircraft would be lost during training missions and left to sink in the Gulf of Mexico. Available naval reports provide the authors with basic contextual information however, no scientific documentation of submerged aircraft in this area has been done. This paper presents the initial steps undertaken to recognize site formation processes of submerged aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico. Through the use of photogrammetry, annual site assessments will allow local archaeologists to monitor the degradation, and set a precedent for future researchers working in the area. 

Cite this Record

An Initial Site Assessment of Submerged Naval Aircraft off the Coast of Pensacola, Florida. Hunter W Whitehead, Nicole O Mauro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434907)

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Temporal Keywords
World War II

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 652