DIEGO -- My family and I visited the U.S.S. Midway,
a naval aviation museum, located at the Navy Pier in downtown
San Diego. We first saw the A-4 Skyhawk parked on the hangar deck.
This aircraft is designed as a nuclear bomber. There was also
a navy flight simulator ride on this deck.
into the Legend Cafe and Gift Shop, which houses lots of cups,
glasses, keychains and t-shirts along with newspapers from December
8, 1941 with the headlines "War is Declared." They even
had a miniature sculpture of "unconditional surrender."
This is the famous kissing sailor on VJ Day (Victory over Japan).
a loud buzzing sound in the gift shop and they told us it was
workers remodeling some offices upstairs.
flight deck, we saw a 25-man life raft with emergency equipment.
In this cylinder, was the life raft, two oars, bailing bucket,
signal mirror, flashlight, signal whistle, 25 blankets, 25 containers
of water, utility knife, survival fishing kit, sea dye marker,
first aid kit, motion sickness tablets and 25 packages of food.
The cylinder is about four feet long and two-and-a-half feet deep.
roof top deck, we saw the RA-5 Vigilante. This massive aircraft
was developed as a supersonic nuclear bomber and its excellent
performance made it a worthy reconnaissance aircraft. A "canoe"
is attached to the belly which contains cameras, infrared sensors,
electronic surveillance devices, side-looking radar and defensive
electronic jammers. Vigilantes served during the Vietnam War.
The weight is 79,588 pounds and the maximum speed is 1,600 mph.
The Vigilante is on loan from Pensacola, Florida.
Retriever Utility helicopter was also on the roof top deck. This
helicopter entered service in 1949 and its general purpose was
to transport and rescue. It operated from carriers and other ships.
Powered by the same engine which drove the Sherman tank in World
War II, the HUP is notable for having the pilot's seat on the
left, unlike other helicopters. The crew includes two to four
passengers. The gross weight is 5,750 pounds and the maximum speed
is 105 mph.
the ship, we saw the sleeping quarters which I thought was larger
than I expected. Next to it was a living room area with a couch,
chairs, table and lamp. Next, I saw the Chief of Staff state room.
He is the Senior Officer, in other words, the Captain. He manages
daily activities of the flag staff. The kitchen is located next
Room was interesting. It is where the flag staff work and maintain
the strategic picture of the region where the U.S.S. Midway operated
in 1991. Operation Desert Storm was analyzed here using sliding
map panels. Other ships and aircraft send signals to the U.S.S.
Midway and the radar screen is part of the naval technical data
system which forms a 360 degree picture. Then, they determine
if the other objects are friend, unknown or hostile aircraft,
surface ship or subsurface. There is 3,000 miles of copper wire
on the ship.
are 13,500 meals a day served in the Galley. The ship holds 4,500
sailors. The only entertainment not the ship was food. There was
no tv or social media back then.
deck was called City at Sea, which includes the chow line, ward
room, laundry, galley, sick bay, post office and CPO Mess hall.
We talked to Charlie who was the head cook for two years then.
He said they made 1,000 - 1,500 bread loaves a day. The chow lines
were open 23 hours a day. Officers had their own galley and cooks.
get their haircut every ten days. They also had haircut standards
to meet. The washing machines handled 4,752 pounds of dry laundry
way out, there was a Coke display and we got our own personalized
name on a Coke can.
it was a beautiful sunny day in San Diego, as always I'm sure,
but I would definitely recommend to see this magnificent ship.
I can only imagine what it was like to be on board back in the
more information or to purchase tickets for the USS Midway Museum,
The USS Midway Museum is located at 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego,
CA 92101. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last admission
at 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tickets are
$20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $15 for students, $10 for retired
military or youth (ages 6-12) and free for Children under five.
Discounts are offered for tickets purchased online.
IOWA is now open for tours at its new, permanent home in San Pedro;
Legacy of A Princess' is now on display on the historic Queen
Queen Elizabeth to make Royal Visit to Queen Mary in Long Beach
on March 12