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B17 Bomber Aircraft Blackjack, Milne Bay

The best plan is direct descent to the aircraft, then a single slow pass over the wings, nose and cockpit areas, finishing at the tail. The starboard tailplane is bent upwards and points to the dives exit, a reef-slope at about 45° leading to a vertical wall – ideal for a slow, safe ascent. The wreck is exceptionally intact, with guns and other artefacts to see. Resist the temptation to penetrate the fuselage, where many loose wires hang around. The cockpit may be viewed and photographed through the open side windows. A machine-gun at the tail still swivels in its mount. Since 1993 the aircraft has been adorned in a colourful array of soft corals. A Giant Grouper is occasionally seen.

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