Some awesome but sad pics found and sent over by Aviationintel reader Nicolae Sinu depict a horrific scene- one of the most fascinating vessels of the Cold War, the Lockheed Skunk Work’s stealthy Sea Shadow, being scrapped while still cocooned inside her mothership, the equally enigmatic and even more historically significant Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1). Make sure to read the widely circulated Aviationintel special feature on these two clandestine mechanized warriors and their sad fate here: http://aviationintel.com/2012/05/02/inseparable-to-the-end-two-cold-war-treasures-may-face-the-scrappers-torch/ The “symbiotic” relationship between these two vessels has lasted decades and in the end both will be destroyed because the Navy could not find a museum to house them, which is astonishing to me for so many reasons (make sure to read that piece linked above for more!).
*Photos removed at photographer’s request. Just google scrapping the sea shadow and you can see the once modern marvel being cut apart inside the HMB-1.