Seventy years ago this week, on July 21, 1948, a B-29 bomber conducting a secret test of a missile guidance system crashed into Lake Mead, the large reservoir near Las Vegas. Though the plane initially sank to a depth of about 260 feet, the wreckage now rests within a recreational scuba diver’s reach, less than 130 feet from the surface, as ongoing drought conditions have continued to lower Lake Mead’s water levels. You may use the comment thread on this page to plan your own underwater expedition to the site, or to decry the environmental conditions that have enabled its emergence as a premier diving destination, or to pursue other points of off-topic, freewheeling discourse.
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