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‘America Afloat’ USS Midway

USS Midway, San Diego, California ‘America Afloat’. To me this represents the best of America. It represents our resolve, dedication, engineering, and fortitude. This is our history. The USS Midway was named after a battle that was the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. The Midway was longest serving carrier, being commissioned around the end of World War II, and operated during the Korean War, Vietnam and into the 90’s and the Gulf War.

 

 

 

USS Midway
USS Midway one of three carriers in San Diego Bay.
USS Midway top deck viewing fighter
Here I am on the deck of the USS Midway, checking out this sporty little number from yester-year.
Aboard USS Midway
My son Alec and I enjoying a great day aboard ship.
A-3
Alec is seated under this A-3. The same type of plane that my Dad few reconnaissance during Vietnam. It was the largest jet that regularly flew off carriers.

USS Midway topdeckChange of Command taking place on USS Midway

USS Midway portside looking forward to the bow.
This shot is taken from the portside looking forward to the bow.

USS Midway, viewing helicopter on the topdeck.

Inside helicopter aboard the USS Midway
Hello Mom, I am in a helicopter

Buckled up aboard helicopter on the USS Midway

Inside fighter jet topside on the USS Midway
Every boys dream…

USS Midway fighter pilot

View of the deck of the USS Midway and Coronado Bridge from the tower.
Looking across the deck of the USS Midway and Coronado Bridge from the tower. That is the Coronado Bridge in the background.
CO’s Chair aboard the USS Midway
In the CO’s chair…
The Bridge of the USS Midway
From the Bridge…
Capt’s chair aboard the USS Midway
Alec tries on the Capt’s chair for size
USS Midway Starboard Side
The starboard side of the USS Midway looking astern.

WWII Veteran aboard USS Midway PosterWWII Veteran aboard USS Midway Pictures

CDR Stan Abele WWII Vet aboard USS Midway
This WWII Veteran is 96 years old, and flying his Corsair shot down a Kamikaze. We shook his hand and thanked him for his service. I mentioned my father was also a Navy Aviator with 30 years in the service of our country. He said, ahh “the Whale”, the nickname for the A-3.
Fighter Jet in the hangar bay of the USS Midway
While on the ship, Alec talked me into climbing in a fighter simulator which not only went up and down, but all around. We did a couple of rolls. Afterwards, the guy said that normally no one is able to shoot down a enemy fighter. Alec shot down 2, (and an additional one during the training.)
Corsair in the hangar bay of the USS Midway
Corsair, same type of plane the WWII Vet flew that we spoke with while on the ship.

Cockpit of aircraft in the hangar of the USS Midway.

Seated in cockpit of aircraft aboard USS Midway
We were able to climb into quite a few of the planes and helicopters.
Below decks of the USS Midway
A carrier is like a floating city housing 4,500 men.
Operations aboard the USS Midway
No!!! Not that button!!!!
The stern of the USS Midway
The End