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MARK EVANS: First dives on Lockheed TriStar in Aqaba


Lockheed Tristar

So the Lockheed TriStar is finally down and in place as the latest dive site in Aqaba in Jordan, and it is certainly an eye-catcher!

Lockheed TriStar joins Aqabas Underwater Military Museum

Lockheed TriStar in Aqaba

Located just a short distance from the shoreline, it sits on a slope, with the cockpit in depths for all divers, and the back end dropping down to 28m.

Lockheed TriStar in Aqaba

It is currently shockingly white, and can be easily seen from the surface, but give it a few weeks and a coating of marine growth will tone it down somewhat.

Lockheed TriStar in AqabaWe dived it just days after it went down, and so there were still ropes and lines attached which will be removed over the coming days, but this is going to be a stunning dive site.

Lockheed TriStar in Aqaba

It dwarfs the existing C-130 Hercules, and because the decision was made to leave much in place, there is lots more to see. Inside is a little eerie, with the seats in place, and you can see all of the instruments inside the cockpit.

Lockheed TriStar in Aqaba

You can drop down into the cargo hold – which had already been taken over as a new home by a little cuttlefish – and also into the vent of the main central engine.

This is a vast aircraft, and it will surely make a cracking dive site as nature starts to embrace its new location on the seabed.

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Michael Price
Michael Price
4 years ago

Good article and photos. I’m moving over this way in a few months so this is on my ‘tick list’!! Thanks for the coverage.

John D
John D
5 months ago

They left the video projectors there 🙁

John D
John D
5 months ago

I actually flew on one of these from Johannesburg to Lisbon in 1993


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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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