Dolphin Scuba Center
|B-29 Bomber Wreck Dive and DAM Dive
Start Date: 3/12/22
End Date: 3/13/22
Trip Cost: $679 (Airfare not included)
Day 1: 2 Dives on the B-29 SuperfortressTravel through time and experience world and aviation history as Dolphin Scuba dives the only sunken B-29 Superfortress plane in the United States! History: As one of the last B-29 Superfortresses produced in Kansas, the Lake Mead B-29 is one of 4000 ever constructed from 1940 through 1945 and one of only three B-29s that were converted to high-altitude atmospheric research after at the completion of World War II. From its home base in China Lake, California on the morning of July 21st, 1948 the B-29, weighing in at over 100,000 pounds, took to the sky. Her crew was manned by five individuals tasked with a mission from the High Altitude Flying Laboratory Program to gather data that would eventually evolve into missile guidance systems as the United States and the former Soviet Union dove headfirst into the Cold War. After completing the mission, the B-29 was taken to above Lake Mead. Due to pristine lake conditions and an un-calibrated altimeter, the surface of the lake was not accurately calculated. At approximately 12:30pm, the B-29 struck the surface of Lake Mead at over 200 mph. Her crew survived and were able to board life rafts in time to watch the B-29 slip below the surface of the lake. At the bottom of Lake Mead, the B-29 Superfortress laid in darkness for over 50 years. When first dove by the National Parks Service after decades of searching for the exact site coordinates in the early 2000s, the B-29 had settled in over 300 feet of water - accessible only to those with technical dive training. Due to continual drought conditions the Western United States has contended with over the years, the B-29 now sits in approximately 100 feet of water. In partnership with the National Parks Service, whose duty it is to protect this unique piece of American history, our friends at LV Scuba have worked to respectfully dive the B-29’s final resting place and help share her story. As guides of this unparalleled underwater landmark, LV Scuba have learned every facet of the wreck from nose to tail. Join Dolphin Scuba as we trek to the bottom of Lake Mead to discover the secrets held by this metal goliath of World War II.
Day 2: 2 Dives on the Hoover Dam Aggregate PlantThe Hoover Dam aggregate plant was left behind by the dam workers after the the dam was complete and Lake Mead was created. This site is one of our favorite dive sites in Lake mead. Spread out over 8 acres, the aggregate plant is filled with train tracks, tunnels, underground rooms, random structures, and massive aggregate piles that are the actual materials that created the dam itself!
Dive Site 1: The Track HopperThe track hopper was used to run belly dump train cars filled with raw aggregate from the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The aggregate was then gravity-fed into square wholes under the tracks that lead to an under ground room. The underground room is connected to a 100-foot tunnel which once housed a conveyor belt used to transport raw materials to the crusher. The Track Hopper structure is still mostly intact, including the train tracks, the track support beams, the v-shaped concrete structure, the squares that lead to the under ground room, and the maintenance shaft. If time permits, you might even get to see some of the buckets left behind that were used by a massive crane to move aggregate.
Dive Site 2: Aggregate PilesThe aggregate, separated into 4 different piles based on size, was used to build the foundation of the massive sand classifier and the underground water tank room. At the end of the dive at one of the tunnel entrances, we'll have an opportunity to take pictures or videos with a hard hat wearing skeleton worker. For more experienced divers we can arrange for you to be guided into the tunnel to see one of the shaft wheels that let the aggregate would fall through onto the conveyor belts as it was carried out to the train cars.