Plane Pulled From Lake Michigan Showcased at Airventure
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OSHKOSH -- While taking a stroll at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, you'll see a lot of newly-restored Warbirds.
But one of those planes isn't quite as shiny. This FM-2 Wildcast from World War II is in pieces on a flatbed after being pulled from the depths of Lake Michigan where it laid for nearly 70 years collecting rust, algae, and zebra mussels. The man responsible for the recovery says he thinks it's the most important Warbird at Airventure.
"it's extremely significant to the American population because as long as there's America there will be this aircraft that will show the American public what the men and women of the greatest generation did to preserve their freedom and liberty," says recovery specialist Taras Lyssenko.
The plane crashed into the water during a training exercise in the 1940s. Somehow, the pilot managed to survive in 15 degree weather. The Wildcat will be on display through Sunday.