WWII warplane raised from Calif. reservoir

Salvage divers work on a platform above a sunken WWII airplane at a San Diego reservoir Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 in San Diego. The group, working with the National Naval Aviation Museum, hope to remove the World War II dive bomber Thursday, that crashed after its engine failed during a training exercise on May 28, 1945. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

August 20, 2010 3:13:22 PM PDT
Salvage divers have raised a rare World War II dive bomber from the bottom of a San Diego reservoir where it crashed 65 years ago and are waiting for a crane to lift it from the water's edge and onto shore.

The aircraft was brought to the surface Friday after days of work to free it from mud on the floor of the reservoir.

Salvage team member Taras Lyssenko says he has called a crane operator to hook it up and lift it out of the water.

The warplane will then be disassembled and trucked to Florida.

The SB2C Helldiver crashed in 1945 when the engine failed during a training flight. It is one of only a handful still in existence. If it can be restored, it will be displayed at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.


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