July 1948, a B-29 Superfortress zips over the remote waters of Lake Mead. It’s a secret test mission for a missile guidance system. Except there's a problem: the pilots misjudge the altitude. The massive bomber plunges into the lake. The crew survives, but the plane is lost.
Nearly 70 years later, another crew waits on the shore not far from where that bomber went down, watching a much slower-moving disaster unfold: the historic drought in the Colorado River Basin.
You can follow reading this excellent article titled "Drought Sheds New Light On WWII-Era Wreckage In Lake Mead", written by Will Stone.
The low water level in Lake Mead is making it easier to explore the underwater remains of a World War II bomber
(Photo courtesy of National Park Service)