On Wednesday, May 1st, the Military Aviation Museum will host a webinar with team members of the U.S.S Lexington (CV 2) Aircraft Recovery Project. A presentation of the significance of the Douglas TBD-1 Devastator torpedo bombers, a unique Grumman Wildcat F4F-3 fighter, and the famous men who flew these aircraft.

The USS Lexington, affectionately known as “Lady Lex” by her crew, met an illustrious fate during the Battle of the Coral Sea, a pivotal moment in naval history. In 2018 after more than 76 years of resting in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, she emerged from the shadows of history, thanks to the efforts of philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his research vessel R/V Petrel. The discovery of the USS Lexington not only unveiled a significant piece of WWII history but also honored the bravery and sacrifice of those who served aboard her. As her story resurfaces, it serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring legacy of those who fought for freedom on the high seas.

Walt Nelson’s TBD T-4 lies upside down on top of Gunner Talkington’s TBD T-9 some 3,000 meters beneath the surface of the Coral Sea. Image: Paul Allen

The presentation will provide an overview of how the project came together with support from families of veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea and international organizations, the status at present, and a look at what will happen to the aircraft if the Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command approves the project.

To register, click HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
The fuselage for the Military Aviation Museum’s Dauntless soon after its arrival in Pungo, Virginia. Unfortunately, this part of the project is still awaiting shipment to Pioneer Aero Ltd. in Ardmore, New Zealand, but that situation should change once the transportation issues are resolved. Pioneer has already been hard at work on the many Dauntless components they received in an earlier delivery however, and the wings are well under way with Aero Trader in Chino. (image via MAM)