Nov 8, 2010

Corsair Lifts Off Again

A specialized team recovered a World War II fighter plane from Lake Michigan today, nearly 70 years after a Navy pilot missed a signal officer's warning to slow down and crashed during a training exercise.

The F4U-1 Corsair Fighter emerged rusted, its underbelly coated with zebra mussels, but otherwise remarkably intact after sitting beneath 250 feet of water nearly 33 miles off the Waukegan shoreline for decades.

"It's in wonderful condition," said Taras Lyssenko, general manager for A&T Recovery, a Chicago-based company that recovered the plane. "Keep in mind, it crashed and broke in half on the aircraft carrier."

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