MAdBUTLER Creative

'WWII FM-2 Wildcat'
Music by_Martin Stig Andersen
Album_'Limbo (Original Videogame Soundtrack)'

On December 28th, 1944 this FM-2 Wildcat fighter plane crashed into Lake Michigan on an attempted takeoff from the U.S.S. Sable, one of two aircraft carriers used to train 17,000 pilots over the waters of Lake Michigan during WWII. Despite the plane losing engine power, rolling over the front of the ship and having its tail ripped off, the pilot survived.

For nearly 68 years, the plane sat 200 ft. below the surface in Waukegan Harbor, IL until it was pulled out on December 7th, 2012 by A&T Recovery. The plane will eventually be transported to Pensacola, FL to the National Museum of Naval Aviation where it will undergo a full restoration. The entire process will take up to 5 years to complete. Once restored, the tentative plan is to relocate the plane to a proposed museum on the former Naval Air Station site in Glenview, IL for permanent residency.

This footage was originally shot for Production One Media and the Pritzker Military Library's television series, "Citizen Soldier" which airs on WTTW channel 11.

The edit seen here is my personal doing. No commercial use or financial gain is intended. The sole intention is simply to shed more light on a historic American past.

Canon 60D 18-135mm lens
GoPro 1st generation


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