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Air Zoo to restore WWII plane found in lake
PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A World War II plane that spent nearly 70 years at the bottom of Lake Michigan is making its debut in Portage Monday.
The FM2 "Wildcat" fighter plane crashed during aircraft carrier training in 1944.
Now the Air Zoo has been selected to restore it.
The plane was pulled from Lake Michigan this past December north of Chicago.
It crashed due to engine failure on December 28, 1944 and went down in about 200 feet of water.
The recovery was sponsored by the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and the Air Zoo has won the rights to oversee the restoration.
The plane is said to be in remarkable condition considering where it's been for almost 70 years.
Once the restoration is complete at the Air Zoo the Wildcat fighter will eventually go on display. The location has not yet been decided.
Monday afternoon the Air Zoo will be showing off the plane as they begin that restoration process.