World War II Fighter Plane Recovered From Lake Michigan

November 9th, 2010 - 8:43 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
planeNov 9, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A World War II fighter plane has been recovered from Lake Michigan on Monday. 70 years back, on July 28, 1943, pilot Carl Harold Johnson went missing and his plane eventually crashed, while he missed the signal officer’s warning to slow down, during his training exercise. Although he somehow survived the crash, he died later in that year while serving in the Pacific.

This historic fighter plane, namely F4U-l Corsair was discovered from the Larsen Marine at Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan, Illinois. This plane, which is generally called the “Birdcage Corsair”, was discovered by the Salvage crews working for the United States Navy. The plane reportedly has been lying 250 feet under the water about 33 miles off the Waukegan shoreline. Taras Lyssenko, general manager for A&T Recovery said that the plane is still in a wonderful condition, although it has been lying in the same place for several decades. It has although been crashed and broken in half on the aircraft carrier. Probably the cold water of Lake Michigan kept it preserved for so many days. It was a real challenge to recover the plane. Rigging gear and cables were attached to the original location of the pane, and then it had to be pulled with an inflatable flotation devices. Then a 36-foot boat was used to bring the submerged plane towards the shore, and then it was raised to the land with the help of a crane. This newly recovered war plane will be exhibited in the Pensacola museum, said Robert Rasmussen, director of the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

The recovery of this plane was sponsored by Chuck Greenhill, of Mettawa, who is part of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation’s private support organization. A&T Recovery has recovered more than 40 war planes from underwater.

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