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Knowing and Acting in Vintage Aircraft Recovery from Lake Michigan

18 March 2021


Taras Lyssenko stands with the restored Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat (a WW II combat veteran) which was recovered by A and T Recovery then restored by the National Naval Aviation Museum—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

Taras Lyssenko, through A and T Recovery, has recovered almost too many aircraft to count—aircraft lost during U.S. Navy aircraft qualification training which occurred during World War II. The aircraft were found, surveyed, and raised by the firm to be restored at the National Naval Aviation Museum. These restored aircraft were then displayed there as well as loaned for exhibitions across the country in other museums as well as airports.

Taras is a gifted and engaging speaker with much to tell—some of it upsetting to some outfits but always inspired—always giving it straight up, though. He recently talked about his experiences and trials at the Chance Vought Survivors Club meeting which occurred 10 March 2021 and sponsored by the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

The YouTube link (excellent video and audio quality) is here with our thanks to Jim Hodgson, Chairman/Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

The Great Navy Birds of Lake Michigan: The True Story of the Privateers of Lake Michigan and the Aircraft They Rescued by Taras C. Lyssenko

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