Scuba Diver Magazines

MARK EVANS: First dives on Lockheed TriStar in Aqaba


Related stories

Iceland Adventure, Day Six

And so began the final day of our Iceland...

Iceland Adventure, Day Five

After another sleep-of-the-dead - this cold-water diving lark gets...

Iceland Adventure, Day Four

After the long drive around the ring road to...

Iceland Adventure, Day Three

Day three in Iceland saw us back on the...

Iceland adventure, day two

After a great night's sleep and a filling breakfast,...

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.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
Notify of

1 Comment
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Michael Price
Michael Price
3 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.

Listen to our Podcast


Get a weekly roundup of all Scuba Diver news and articles

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest stories
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x