Underwater Treasures of Lake Michigan

The museum began recovering aircraft from the bottom of Lake Michigan, where they crashed during World War II carrier qualification, in the early 1990s.  This exhibit takes visitors to the depths, preserving an F4F Wildcat and SBD Dauntless in the conditions in which they were found after spending decades underwater.  A short film produced exclusively for the museum by the History Channel documents the story of Naval Aviation training in the Great Lakes.