A World War II fighter plane rose from its grave in the cold waters of Lake Michigan in 2010, 67 years after it crashed during a training mission.
Although under water since a 1943 training crash, the F4U-1 Corsair was remarkably complete. The F4U-1 Corsair 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.
The tail section had broken away, but the remaining fuselage was in one piece. The distinctive bent wings still held some of their color, the propeller remained attached to the nose, and the gauges and pedals in the single-seat cockpit were intact. Even the landing gear was whole, although the tires upon which the plane once rested had long since disappeared.
This particular airplane went down on June 12, 1943, when its pilot, Ensign Carl H. Johnson, later killed in the Pacific war while flying from the USS Enterprise, unsuccessfully tried to land on the USS Wolverine, a steamship that had been converted into an aircraft carrier for Navy pilots to practice takeoffs and landings.
During WW2, more than 15,000 US pilots completed their aircraft carrier qualification training on Lake Michigan, aboard the USS Wolverine and USS Sable Trainer Carriers.
Today, it is estimated there are still 60 or so planes, crashed during training, that still lie at the bottom of the lake Michigan.