Condition of the wreck in the 1950s
(photo: U.S. Navy National
Museum of Naval Aviation).
The final wreck appearance after salvage
work was completed and her condition in
the end of 1950s before the USS Arizona
memorial construction started can be seen
in this aerial picture taken on Memorial Day,
May 31, 1958. USS Bennington (CVA-20) passes the wreck of USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Memorial Day, 31 May 1958.
Bennington‘s crew formed the name Arizona on the flight deck in a tribute to ship‘s
crewmen lost during the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor. Note the outline of Arizona‘s hull and oil spillage from her fuel tanks
(photo: National Archives).