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"FM-2 Wildcat Recovered from Lake Michigan" Topic

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Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2012 10:22 a.m. PST
David Miniature Armies Inactive Member08 Dec 2012 2:11 p.m. PST

Very cool and my favorite fighter of WW2

Sundance Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2012 5:56 p.m. PST

Isn't the first WWII-era plane fished out of Lake Michigan and probably won't be the last. The Navy practiced carrier landings on Lake Michigan using a converted merchant as a carrier (may have been more than one – can't recall right off now). It was sunk in the Lake after it outlived its usefulness and is a dive attraction now.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2012 7:04 p.m. PST

Sundance, you're thinking of USS Sable and USS Wolverine
the two paddlewheel Lake steamers the Navy used
for touch and goes during WWII.

There are probably a lot of USN aircraft on the lake

VonBlucher08 Dec 2012 7:10 p.m. PST

This was the plane they found a year or 2 ago. It was intact so they mentioned at that time they were going to recover it.

I heard that there was more than one.

My eldest brother was stationed at Glenview when he was in the Naval Air as a flight mechanic and served out the Vietmanese conflict 7 miles from our family home.

Yes they are quite a few planes at the bottom, but they will only bring them up if they're intact and an orginization is willing to pay for it.

Chuckaroobob09 Dec 2012 11:12 p.m. PST

Really cool! I've heard the cold water up there makes corrosion very slow. Definitely one of the more rare warbirds!

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