Propliners as Diving Attractions
Alexandre Avrane (of the online database Aerotransport.org) raised an interesting subject on Yahoo's Classic Propliners Forum, trying to identify Convair "propliners" in use as diving attractions.
To continue the search in identification of these airframes, I copied his message plus the data he provided, in hopes of others providing clues and/or answers; and possibly provide other subjects such as these with or without need of identification.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
One of the artificial reefs in Fort Lauderdale is a venerable DC-4 airplane. The aircraft, now known as "Marriott Reef", begin sliding below the surface tail-first. The insert shows a happy diver!
"Blown up and then sunken for the 1977 Mexican disaster movie Survive 11, this 40 passenger Convair airplane has become one of the more popular diving and snorkeling spots on Cozumel. Located a mere 300 feet off the La Ceiba pier, you can easily swim out to see the plane 30 feet below."
"The hull was substantially intact until hurricane Roxanne passed by in October 1995; she is now well broken up and scattered over the sea bed, resting about 210ft/ 65m from the pier."
No clue on this one, and imdb.com has no movie with this name
"A popular underwater attraction is the Airplane, the wreckage of a Convair 440 aircraft which lies at a depth of about 45 feet. At the Airplane a fairly shallow pavement community gives way to prominent coral outcroppings which lead to the wreckage."
Possibly N4809C msn 95 ?
"Sonesta Airplane (70-80’)
This Convair 240 is sunk on a sloping reef surrounded by soft corals and colorful sponges. It was broken in three parts after Hurricane Lenny hit in 1999."
Possibly N9046N msn 196 but wasn't it reported in 2002 at the airport ?
Identified sunken propliners you may go and have a look at...
Here is DC-3 N782T at St.Thomas (US Virgin Islands), with a description how it ended up here: