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WWII plane lifted out of Lake Michigan

A World War II relic is above water for the first time in nearly 70 years.

November 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A World War II relic is above water for the first time in nearly 70 years. Salvage crews pulled the very rare early model of the Corsair fighter plane from Lake Michigan near Waukegan, Illinois, on Monday.

The F4U-I Corsair, commonly called the "Birdcage Corsair," went down during a training exercise in 1943. The plane, which was one of an estimated 200 World War II fighters lost in Lake Michigan, lost its tail upon impact and sank in about 240 feet of water.

The plane will be restored and eventually put on display at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

A spokesman for the museum, which is helping to fund the effort, said the salvaging, cleaning and transporting of the aircraft to Florida costs between $260,000 and $300,000. Restoration prices are still being negotiated.


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