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"FM-2 Wildcat Recovered from Lake Michigan" Topic


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svsavory08 Dec 2012 10:22 a.m. PST
David Miniature Armies08 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
bottom.

Personal logo VonBlucher Supporting Member of TMP08 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.

Sundance,
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.

Personal logo Chuckaroobob Supporting Member of TMP09 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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