Exploring a Plane Wreck – UNDER WATER! (World War 2)


Do you ever wonder what happens when you run
out of fuel in an airplane? There’s a guy who found out the hard way in
World War Two when he crashed his airplane into the ocean, off the coast of Oahu. There are two ways to explore this wreck,
one is with scuba gear, the other is with an underwater drone. Today we have this guy, the Gladius, we’re
going to take it down underwater and see what happened to the airplane the guy had to abandon. Let’s get started. [Intro] [Music playing] So with this underwater drone, there are a
couple different features of it: the camera here in the center that shoots in 4K. There’s no gimbal, which should be interesting. I’ve done a couple test flights with this
drone underwater, but nothing as big as this. So it will be interesting to see how well
the camera is controllable and how well I can point the camera at what I want to see. There are a couple different propellers. We got the right and left propellers here
at the back that will guide the drone, you know, left and right. And then we have these propellers here in
the middle which bring the drone up and down. And a cool thing that I haven’t seen on other
drones are these front LED – these headlights – that should allow us to see a little bit
better underwater. One thing that is different about underwater
drones is that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals don’t travel more than a few feet underwater. So the whole thing does need to be tethered,
and we have this guy right here, a hundred meter tether, which allows us to take the
underwater drone, which is waterproof, about 100 meters down in the water. And this wreck, the Corsair, is 35 meters,
which should allow us plenty of leeway with this tether. We have a bunch of these little o-rings right
here, so I’m going to pop this tether into the top of the drone and screw it on tight. To charge the drone, there’s this little tail
pipe right here on the back and it just charges up with a little circular connector. And then all of the internal memory is inside
of the drone. There’s no SD card slot or anything else,
and you transfer the files via Wi-Fi. If there was a removable SD card slot, it’s
just one more hole to waterproof, so I kind of like that it’s a whole self-contained design
and no extra holes for water to get inside of. So turning on the drone, we have the one power
switch right here, and we have a bunch of LED indicators inside of the Wi-Fi spool. Alright, so we have the drone pointed straight
at us, and you can turn on the LED lights right there and then we can see us in the
screen. Alright, let’s see how it operates underwater
and let’s go explore this Corsair. Tossing it in the water. Let’s go. [Music playing] So this propeller powered World War Two airplane
called the Corsair lies just a few miles off the coast of Hawaii. In 1945, due to a mechanical issue with the
fuel gauge, the pilot had to crash land the plane in the ocean, but luckily still managed
to survive. The plane is also still in one piece, resting
with one wing submerged in the sand on the ocean floor, but the rest of the plane is
pretty exposed. While crashing a plane is usually bad news,
it’s good news for the fish in the coral. During the last 70 years while the plane has
been on the ocean floor, it’s turned into an underwater oasis for all kinds of ocean
life, which makes it even more more fun to explore and to film. One thing that I really like about this is
that there’s a little diagram here in the corner that tells me what direction the drone
is facing, left, right, forward or backward, as I’m actually flying the drone. So it makes it easy to tell what direction
I’m looking at. [Music playing] One thing that people don’t think about underwater
is that there are a ton of currents, kind of like how there is a breeze out in the open
air. Underwater has the currents that flow back
and forth and they’re pulling the drone one direction or the other constantly. So that’s why you’ll see with some of the
footage that the drone is tilted sideways or floating back and forth with the flow of
the ocean. Luckily this drone does have like a little
stabilizing feature that I can flip on and then it keeps the drone kind of hovering in
the same position, which is pretty cool. Most of the flights we had today though, that
feature was off and I was controlling it all manually, making sure that I avoided the pull
of the cable on the top which wasn’t really much of an issue because of all the slack
we had. The 100 meter cable was way longer than the
35 meter dive down to the Corsair airplane. [Music playing] Woo! Good job buddy! So all in all, we’ve been flying this thing
underwater for about 2 hours now, and I’m down to about 28% battery life, which is pretty
phenomenal considering how long we were underwater looking at that wreck and the turtles and
the divers. One thing that I want to point out is that
the drone can go in saltwater or freshwater, but there is a weight here in the bottom that
you need to switch out, so I had the weight for seawater because this is the ocean. I’ve tested out a couple underwater drones
and I’m pretty impressed with this one. My favorite thing about it obviously is the
headlights, which is pretty nice underwater. When you’re super deep in the water, there’s
not enough light, and light is required to see color. So when there is light produced by the drone,
there is more color underneath the water. We were pretty deep so I’m not sure how the
footage is going to turn out, but you be the judge, let me know down in the comments what
you think. So I took this underwater for a bit, pulled
it back up, took a break and took my air drone out for a while, and the controllers are very
very different. Like let’s say you’re looking at an object,
the camera is pointed at the object and you can go left or right and kind of like pan
around the object. The drone you can’t do that, it’s only a head-on
motion. So what I would like to see, the one improvement
I would like to make on this is to keep the the headlights, keep the waterproofness and
everything, but make it so that the drone can like pan left and right and circle around
an object instead of just going forward and backward and up and down. It would make for a more cinematic feel to
the footage. [Music playing] The Gladius drone does come with it’s own
storage container. It’s got slots for the controller and all
of the drones and stuff which is great. No complaints there. Huge thanks to Gladius for sending this drone
out for me to test. Overall, it’s a pretty fun drone. I’m not around water very much, so I don’t
know how often I’ll use it. And aerial drone for me is a little more economical. But if I had to choose, this one with the
headlights, and the 4K, I’m a pretty big fan. Huge thanks to Steve here for being our scuba
diver, and we got Braxton right here, our on-boat camera man. And we’re here with the Reef Pirates. They took us out on their boat. And a huge thumbs up to Gladius from Chasing
Innovations. They’ve make a fantastic underwater drone. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already. And thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around. [Music playing]

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