The Recovery and Restoration of the SBD-1 Dauntless

See the only SBD-1 Dauntless dive bomber in existence, and hear the story of its recovery and on-going restoration at Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum.

FREE EVENT!  May 20, 2017   9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Taras Lyssenko, co-owner of A and T Recovery, who coordinated the recovery of the Museum's Dauntless after the aircraft spent 52 years at the bottom of Lake Michigan, will be available to answer questions and share the story of the recovery of the Dauntless.

Taras has located hundreds of ships and aircraft once lost under water.  He and his team have recovered more than three dozen World War II U.S. Navy and Marine aircraft that are now on display in museums and airports across the country.

Bob Cramsie, lead restoration volunteer at the Museum, is restoring the SBD-1 Dauntless.

Since December 2012, using only the aircraft’s original blueprints, Cramsie has spent more than 2500 hours fabricating many of the missing and damaged pieces from scratch, because there are no replacement parts for the aircraft. As just two examples, he has built and installed a vertical stabilizer from scratch, and fabricated and installed the aft gun bay and doors.

His efforts were recently recognized by Northrop Grumman Corporation with their “Excellence in Volunteerism Award”, one of only 11 given out worldwide.

Mr. Cramsie is a former aircraft mechanic for PSA, and now Production Environmental Test Technician at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Environmental Stress Screening lab.  This labor of love and way for Cramsie to “give back to our country and the US Marine Corps” will likely last another 3-5 years before the Dauntless is finished.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to talk with both the individual who recovered this one-of-a-kind aircraft, and the volunteer who is restoring it for new generations to learn from and enjoy.