A FLOATING CITY
The USS Midway is a historical naval aircraft carrier that is now a museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The ship has an extensive collection of aircraft on board (the Midway’s Flight Deck features 26 skillfully restored carrier aircraft – jet fighters, attack aircraft, helicopters, and specialist designs). 😀
She was commissioned in 1945 abd was the largest ship in the world until 1955 (as well as the first aircraft carrier too big to transit the Panama Canal). She operated for 47 years.
She saw action in the Vietnam War and served as the Persian Gulf flagship in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. She was the only carrier to serve the entire length of the Cold War and beyond.
She was decommissioned in 1992 and is the only remaining United States aircraft carrier commissioned right after WW2 ended that was not an Essex-class aircraft carrier. The Essex-class carriers were the backbone of the U.S. Navy’s combat strength during WW2 along with the three Midway-class carriers that were added just after the war – the lead ship being the USS Midway.
We spent about 3 hours aboard but you could spend an entire day! There is so much to see and sooooo much history right in front of you. We immidetely went to the flight deck to see all the restored aircraft.
We then explored below deck – the chow line/galley, the midway chapel, wardroom (where officers dined and socialized), the sick bay/dental, and engineering (which was fascinating)!! They completely restored the engine room and main engine control. Click here to visit their website for more information.
HEAR STORIES FROM THE CREW
We read and heard several stories from those who have sailed on the USS Midway. Click here to watch videos of aviators, sailors, and marines & their stories being told.