World War II plane recovered from Lake Michigan

fm2 wildcat

A World War-II era plane has been recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan, where it has been for nearly 70 years.

The FM-2 “Wildcat” Fighter, crashed during aircraft-carrier training near Waukegan on Dec. 28, 1944. It went down in about 200 feet of water in an accident blamed on engine failure. Crews recovered it Friday, Dec 7, 2012.

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation sponsored the recovery. The foundation wants it to eventually go on display in the Chicago area.

More than 17,000 pilots completed the training in Lake Michigan. That included World War II pilot and future president, George H.W. Bush.

The aircraft carriers used for the training docked at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The pilots flew from Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview.

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