EAA has been informed that the aircraft wreckage of a crashed warbird - an SBD Dauntless or Grumman Wildcat - will not appear at AirVenture 2012 as planned, according to Taras Llysenko of A&T Recovery in Chicago. "I must regretfully inform you that I have been unable to obtain permission in time to recover either aircraft that we had wished to present at the Experimental Aircraft Association 2012 AirVenture Oshkosh," he wrote in an e-mail to project supporters.
Both aircraft were wrecked during World War II naval training exercises on Lake Michigan and lie at the bottom of the lake. A&T has recovered dozens of similar crashed warbirds since the 1980s.
Llysenko is scheduled to present two forums during AirVenture, in which he will discuss the aircraft recovery process. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Honda Forum Pavilion 07. On Friday, July 27, Llysenko is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m., also at Pavilion 07.