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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 paint scheme.
At the 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
  A&T Recovery, Chicago-based firm, has already recovered 31 World War II planes
from the lake on behalf of the National Museum of Naval Aviation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
     
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