At 150' deep a SBD Dauntless
shows the effects of water and time.
A frontal view of the cockpit shows the bomb sight and
twin .50 Cal. Machine guns.
Viewing inside the cockpit a flight computer is visible.
At the gunner/radio operator's position twin .30 Cal.
Machine guns are still in place.
A TBF Avenger Torpedo-bomber with the electric greenhouse
still intact; the .30 Cal. machine gun is still in place.
Recovered from deep water, this SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber
demonstrates Lake Michigan's preservation.
A shallow water recovered SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber; Zebra Mussels
had started to colonize this aircraft.
SBD Dauntless Dive-bombers and F4F-3 Wildcat Fighters were used
extensively during the Lake Michigan Aircraft Carrier Qualifications;
their lack of a folding wing assembly lead to their removal from
aircraft carrier war duty.
A F4F-3 Wildcat Fighter; note the .50 Cal Machine gun
and the early war paint scheme.
A FM wildcat Fighter during a winter recovery; note
the lack of red border around the star, this have been a later war
National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida examples of
some of the airplanes recovered from Lake Michigan are displayed.
Grumman F4F Wildcat Fighter
Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber
alternate View Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber
The only known remaining Vought SB2U Vindicator Scout-bomber
Recovery, Chicago-based firm, has already recovered 31 World War II
from the lake on behalf of the National Museum of Naval Aviation