USS Midway

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Aboard the USS Midway
The aircraft carrier USS Midway was commission in 1945.  Nick wasn't feeling well so he couldn't join us, so Tom and Art drove into San Diego and toured the vessel.

The ship has been converted into a museum with elevator access to the hangar and flight decks.  Parked next to the carrier was the Dawn Princess cruise ship.  We had sailed on that ship in the caribbean for Mom & Dad's 50th anniversary.

The ship was reconfigured from its WWII days to handle modern aircraft, so it didn't have the hyrdolic catapult that Art operated.  But it did have many similar features.

One fun story that Art told was of his days on the USS Princeton while it was just being launched.  He and his fellow seamen were the first people on the ship and had found a nice spot for their bunks.
Plane Art Rode onto the Carrier
  They carried bunks across the deck and into this empty area, and had a welder fix them to the deck.  Later on they found out that they were in officer's country and that they should not have been there.  No one said anything, even after several inspections.  Art and a few of his more bold friends even used the officer's showers.  Being in the catapult crew afforded them some special consideration.

This photo shows the plane that Art flew when he landed on a carrier.  He rode in the tail gunner's seat.  This plane is in the hangar deck.

The tour included the flight control center.  We had to climb 40 steps separated into 4 ladders.  Art climbed them all without much pause and had no problems.  We got to sit in the captain's chair and see the bridge & navigation rooms.

After the tour we stopped at Dairy Queen and had a sundae and a banana split.
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Aboard the USS Midway
Aboard the USS Midway
Plane Art Rode onto the Carrier
Plane Art Rode onto the Carrier
On the Flight Deck
On the Flight Deck
The Air Boss
The Air Boss
In the Captains Chair
In the Captain's Chair
USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz
USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz
Configuration of Old Midway
Configuration of Old Midway
At the Helm
At the Helm
On Deck
On Deck
Arts Color
Art's Color
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photo by: Sunflower300