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Check out the Pacific Airplane Graveyard Where WWII Planes Rest on the Ocean Floor [PICS]

The airplane graveyard near the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean holds more than 150 U.S. and allied aircraft in their final resting place.

With over 150 allied warplanes resting at the bottom of the Pacific, the area known as the “Airplane Graveyard” is aptly named. They are located 130 feet below the surface of the Kwajalein Atoll after one of the fiercest battles between U.S. and Japanese forces in the Pacific.

Brandi Mueller, under license of the U.S. Coast Guard, has captured incredible and eerie photographs of the U.S. and allied aircraft that saw action from the beginning of 1944.

After the war was over, the unfortunate, but cheaper, solution to shipping these planes back to the United States was to simply give them a final resting place at the bottom of the ocean.

These are not really the graves of our fighting men, but merely the machines that they won the war with. They were taken out over the reef and pushed over the side intact once the war was over.

Said Mueller:

They should have flown more, lived longer, but they were sunk in perfect condition

 

Check out this eerie photo slideshow from the bottom of the ocean.

All photos via AR Gunners

AR Gunners/Chance Vaught Corsair

AR Gunners/Chance Vaught Corsair

AR Gunners/Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

AR Gunners/Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

AR Gunners/Douglas SBD Dauntless

AR Gunners/Douglas SBD Dauntless

AR Gunners/Gruman TBF Avenger

AR Gunners/Gruman TBF Avenger

AR Gunners/North American B-25 Mitchell

AR Gunners/North American B-25 Mitchell

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