Research Library, USS Midway Museum

Research Library, USS Midway Museum The Research Library is the repository of naval aviation-related publications and media for the Curatorial Department at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.
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26 February 1941, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of a 1.1" quadruple anti-aircraft machine gun mounting o...
02/26/2021

26 February 1941, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of a 1.1" quadruple anti-aircraft machine gun mounting on board the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7).

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-464857

25 February 1991, 30 years ago today: U.S. Marine Corps North American OV-10A Bronco (BuNo 155424) from Marine Observati...
02/25/2021

25 February 1991, 30 years ago today: U.S. Marine Corps North American OV-10A Bronco (BuNo 155424) from Marine Observation Squadron VMO-1, here seen taking off from the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66) on 9 January, was shot down by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile. Pilot Major Joseph Small was captured and observer Captain David Spellacy was killed. Major Small was released on 6 March. This was the last USMC combat loss of an OV-10.

U.S. Navy photo from America's 1990-'91 cruise book

23 February 1981, 40 years ago today: The Knox-class frigate USS Kirk (FF-1087), seen here off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii...
02/23/2021

23 February 1981, 40 years ago today: The Knox-class frigate USS Kirk (FF-1087), seen here off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, on 9 February 1973, departed Yokosuka, Japan, and got underway with the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CV-41) for her fourth deployment (and second in a year) to the Indian Ocean.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 78236-KN

21 February 1986, 35 years ago: Crewmen and members of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) form a "75th Fly Navy" diamond anniv...
02/21/2021

21 February 1986, 35 years ago: Crewmen and members of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) form a "75th Fly Navy" diamond anniverary salute to U.S. naval aviation on the flight deck of the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66) in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Johns. Meore. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

#CarrierSpellOut

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21 February 1951 (date on photograph), 70 years ago today: The Aldebaran-class cargo ship USS Jupiter (AVS-8) comes alon...
02/21/2021

21 February 1951 (date on photograph), 70 years ago today: The Aldebaran-class cargo ship USS Jupiter (AVS-8) comes alongside the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CV-45) to transfer supplies during operations off the Korean Coast.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-427412

20 February 1991, 30 years ago today: This air-to-air view is taken of a Fighter Squadron Three Two (VF-32) "Fighting Sw...
02/20/2021

20 February 1991, 30 years ago today: This air-to-air view is taken of a Fighter Squadron Three Two (VF-32) "Fighting Swordsmen" Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft on a combat patrol off of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) during Operation Desert Storm. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the outer portion of its wing pylon, an AIM-7 Sparrow missile on the inner portion, and an AIM-54 Phoenix missile beneath its fuselage. U.S. Navy photo by LCDR Parsons. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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18 February 2011, 10 years ago today: Sailors assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Four (VAQ-134) "Garudas" ...
02/18/2021

18 February 2011, 10 years ago today: Sailors assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Four (VAQ-134) "Garudas" perform maintenance on a Grumman EA-6B Prowler in the hangar bay aboard the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) somewhere in the Arabian Sea. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group was deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo # 5470631977 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Rosa A. Arzola

17 February 2011, 10 years ago today: Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Shirley Shugar from Joppa, Alabama takes inventory ...
02/17/2021

17 February 2011, 10 years ago today: Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Shirley Shugar from Joppa, Alabama takes inventory of ordnance in the bomb farm aboard the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group was underway continuing training before deploying to the western Pacific Ocean and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo # 110217-N-DM338-087 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas A. Groesch

15 February 1991, 30 years ago today: A flight deck crew member performs a preflight check on a Grumman F-14A Tomcat air...
02/15/2021

15 February 1991, 30 years ago today: A flight deck crew member performs a preflight check on a Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft aboard the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) during Operation Desert Storm. Visible armaments include an AIM-7 Sparrow missile, an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, and an AGM-54 Phoenix missile. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Terry Simmons. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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15 February 1946, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (CV-40) sailed from Norfolk, Virginia,...
02/15/2021

15 February 1946, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (CV-40) sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, for shakedown training in the vicinity of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. Navy photo from Tarawa 1946 cruise book (exact date of photo unknown)

13 February 2001, 20 years ago today: The nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) t...
02/13/2021

13 February 2001, 20 years ago today: The nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) transits the Elizabeth River past downtown Norfolk, Virginia, enroute to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). The Iowa-class battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), now part of a naval museum, is seen in the foreground.

U.S. Navy photo # 010213-N-2147L-002 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Corey Lewis

12 February 1986, 35 years ago today: Loaded with Mark 82 500-pound bombs, four Grumman A-6E Intruder aircraft of Attack...
02/12/2021

12 February 1986, 35 years ago today: Loaded with Mark 82 500-pound bombs, four Grumman A-6E Intruder aircraft of Attack Squadron One Four Five (VA-145) "Swordsmen" fly to their target during a strike training mission. VA-145 was assigned to the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Rnager (CV-61) at the time. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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12 February 1986, 35 years ago today: A Grumman F-14A Tomcat of Fighter Squadron Seven Four (VF-74) "Be-Devilers" lands ...
02/12/2021

12 February 1986, 35 years ago today: A Grumman F-14A Tomcat of Fighter Squadron Seven Four (VF-74) "Be-Devilers" lands aboard the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) during flight operations off the coast of Libya. The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing and an AIM-7 Sparrow missile on the fuselage. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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11 February 1996, 25 years ago today: From the bottom of the frame to the top, the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft...
02/11/2021

11 February 1996, 25 years ago today: From the bottom of the frame to the top, the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class carrier USS America (CV-66), and the Kilauea-class ammunition ships USS Mount Baker (AE-34) and USS Butte (AE-27) cruise the waters of the Mediterranean during turnover operations. George Washington assumed duties as part of Battle Force Sixth Fleet, while America prepared her return to their homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, following a highly successful six-month deployment that included operations in the Adriatic in support of NATO peace Operation Joint Endeavor. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Chris Vickers, USN. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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8 February 2001, 20 years ago today: The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) practices for a CBR (Chemi...
02/08/2021

8 February 2001, 20 years ago today: The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) practices for a CBR (Chemical, Biological and Radiological) attack with a counter-measure washdown on the flight deck somewhere in the Sea of Japan. This drill sets off sprinklers providing a wash against chemical agents over the flight deck. Essex is participating in a "Training in an Urban Environment Exercise" (TRUEX), an exercise focused on tactics during a small-scale urban scenario. This is the first time embarked Marines from an amphibious ship have participated in the semi-annual Marine Corps exercise. Essex embarked Marines are the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The ship is forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Recruit Stephanie M. Bergman.

U.S. Navy photo # 010208-N-9802B-002

Please join us in wishing Dean "Diz" Laird a very happy (and safe) 100th birthday today!https://youtu.be/PGc2moXBJks
02/07/2021
Commander Dean "Diz" Laird

Please join us in wishing Dean "Diz" Laird a very happy (and safe) 100th birthday today!

https://youtu.be/PGc2moXBJks

U.S. Navy Commander Dean "Diz" Laird is the only Navy Ace Pilot to shoot down enemy aircraft in both the European and Pacific Theaters of World War II. Narra...

6 February 1991, 30 years ago today: A Grumman A-6E Intruder aircraft flies over the desert as it prepares for refueling...
02/06/2021

6 February 1991, 30 years ago today: A Grumman A-6E Intruder aircraft flies over the desert as it prepares for refueling during Operation Desert Storm. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Reynolds. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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6 February 1936, 85 years ago today: This view is taken showing members of the "Cold Weather Test Detachment" that had b...
02/06/2021

6 February 1936, 85 years ago today: This view is taken showing members of the "Cold Weather Test Detachment" that had been embarked aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) for special operations in Alaskan Waters. The Detachment had been formed on 25 November 1935 and was disbanded 25 February 1936.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-CF-8005-3

February 1946, 75 years ago this month: This photograph appears in "Naval Aviation News" magazine of the newly commissio...
02/04/2021

February 1946, 75 years ago this month: This photograph appears in "Naval Aviation News" magazine of the newly commissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CVB-41) during its shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea in early 1946.

U.S. Navy photo from Naval Aviation News, February 1946 issue

3 February 1951 (date on photograph), 70 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Leyte (CV-32) steams arou...
02/03/2021

3 February 1951 (date on photograph), 70 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Leyte (CV-32) steams around the end of Naval Air Station, North Island, as she arrives at San Diego, California, after the end of her Korean War combat tour. The scene is partially framed by the tail of a Martin PBM-5 patrol bomber (BuNo 84771).

U.S. Navy photo # NH 97296

February 1931, 90 years ago this month: The rigid airship USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) in the center distance is seen moored t...
02/02/2021

February 1931, 90 years ago this month: The rigid airship USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) in the center distance is seen moored to the replenishment oiler USS Patoka (AO-9) off Panama during Fleet Problem XII. The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), at right, and an unidentified battleship are also present. Photo donated by Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 65300

Early 1956: This photograph was taken from the Essex-class attack aircraft carrier #USSLexington (CVA-16) of the Puget S...
02/01/2021

Early 1956: This photograph was taken from the Essex-class attack aircraft carrier #USSLexington (CVA-16) of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. Partly visible are the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser USS Baltimore (CA-68) which had arrived on 29 January 1956 for inactivation, the Saipan-class light aircraft carrier USS Wright (CVL-49) which had arrived on 17 October 1955 also for inactivation, and the U.S. Navy attack aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CVA-41) in the midst of her SCB-110 modernization.

U.S. Navy photo from Lexington's 1956 WestPac cruise book

1 February 1991, 30 years ago today: A Grumman A-6E Intruder of Attack Squadron Three Five (VA-35) "Black Panthers" rece...
02/01/2021

1 February 1991, 30 years ago today: A Grumman A-6E Intruder of Attack Squadron Three Five (VA-35) "Black Panthers" receives a final check before launch on the flight deck of the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) somewhere in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Storm. U.S. Navy photo by SRA Chris U. Putman. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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29 January 1951, 70 years ago today: The U.S. Navy light aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV/CVL-22), seen here circa ...
01/29/2021

29 January 1951, 70 years ago today: The U.S. Navy light aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV/CVL-22), seen here circa early 1943, was sunk in weapons tests off the coast of California after having survived two atomic bomb tests in July 1946 in the southern Pacific Ocean.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 88416

28 January 1996, 25 years ago today: This aerial starboard bow view is taken of the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-cl...
01/28/2021

28 January 1996, 25 years ago today: This aerial starboard bow view is taken of the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66) completing mooring at pier 12, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, upon return from her final Mediterranean deployment. Friends, relatives and love ones wait on the pier for the crew to start disembarking. U.S. Navy photo by Robert J. Sitar. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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28 January 1986, 35 years ago today: A Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron Seven Four (VF-74) "Be-Devile...
01/28/2021

28 January 1986, 35 years ago today: A Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron Seven Four (VF-74) "Be-Devilers" lands aboard the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). U.S. Navy photo by PH1 William A. Shayka. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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27 January 1951, 70 years ago today: Lieutenant Commander Mark Armistead, USNR, is seen seated in the after cockpit of a...
01/27/2021

27 January 1951, 70 years ago today: Lieutenant Commander Mark Armistead, USNR, is seen seated in the after cockpit of a Douglas AD-4N Skyraider attack plane aboard the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) during the filming of motion picture footage used in John Ford's "This is Korea!" off the Korean coast. Note: camera; flight gear and inflatable life vest worn by LCDR Armistead; and paper bag containing a strong admonition encouraging its use by those afflicted with airsickness.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-439892

26 January 1951, 70 years ago today: Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Samuel G. Gorsline of Attack Squadron One One Five (VA-11...
01/26/2021

26 January 1951, 70 years ago today: Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Samuel G. Gorsline of Attack Squadron One One Five (VA-115) stands behind a motion picture camera with Chief Photographer Charles R. Bohuy beside him during the filming of footage to be used in John Ford's documentary "This is Korea!" aboard the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea (CV-47). A Grumman F9F-2 Panther (Bureau Number 12345x) is parked behind them.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-439891

25 January 2001, 20 years ago today: A Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from the "Chargers" of Helicopter Comba...
01/25/2021

25 January 2001, 20 years ago today: A Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from the "Chargers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6) approaches the flight deck of the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during a transfer of ammunition with the Nimitz-class USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in the Atlantic Ocean.

U.S. Navy photo # 010125-N-1407C-002 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class J. Scott Campbell

23 January 2001, 20 years ago today: A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) returns to the Wasp-class amphibious assault shi...
01/23/2021

23 January 2001, 20 years ago today: A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) returns to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) following 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) landing exercises on Guam in the Philippine Sea. Essex was forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.

U.S. Navy photo # 010123-N-5686B-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Crystal M. Brooks

21 January 1976, 45 years ago today: This air-to-air right rear view is taken of a Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King helicopter (B...
01/21/2021

21 January 1976, 45 years ago today: This air-to-air right rear view is taken of a Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King helicopter (BuNo 152124) from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Six (HS-6) "Indians" with AN/ASQ-81 magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) gear suspended below it. Visible below is a frigate underway. HS-6 was embarked with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) aboard the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) at the time. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 C. Velasquez. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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20 January 1961, 60 years ago today: United States Navy veteran and Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, John Fitzgera...
01/20/2021

20 January 1961, 60 years ago today: United States Navy veteran and Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is sworn in as the 35th President of the United States in Washington, D.C. A portion of his inaugural address from that day is immortalized in the brass builder's plaque from the first aircraft carrier named in his honor (CVA/CV-67). The complete passage was: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NHHC 2007-60-2

19 January 1986, 35 years ago today: A U.S. Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron Three Two Three (VMFA-323) "Death Rattlers" M...
01/19/2021

19 January 1986, 35 years ago today: A U.S. Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron Three Two Three (VMFA-323) "Death Rattlers" McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, foreground, intercepts a Soviet Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO code name: "May") maritime surveillance/ASW aircraft over the Ionian Sea. At the time, VMFA-323 was embarked with Carrier Air Wing Thirteen (CVW-13) aboard the Midway-class aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43). From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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17 January 1991, 30 years ago today: LCDR Mark Fox of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight One (VFA-81) sits in the cockpit of ...
01/17/2021

17 January 1991, 30 years ago today: LCDR Mark Fox of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight One (VFA-81) sits in the cockpit of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet aircraft that he was flying when he became the first coalition pilot to shoot down an Iraqi MiG aircraft during Operation Desert Storm. VFA-81 was based aboard the conventionally-powerd Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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17 January 1951, 70 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CV-36), seen here in a photo taken c...
01/17/2021

17 January 1951, 70 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CV-36), seen here in a photo taken circa 1951-'52 moored at Piedmont Pier in Yokosuka, Japan, is placed back in commission at Alameda, California with CAPT George J. Dufek in command in response to communist forces from the north invading South Korea in the summer of 1950.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.061.012

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910 North Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA
92101

Buses can drop groups off at our ticket office, but cannot stage on Navy Pier. Vehicles over 18 feet long are not allowed to park on Navy Pier. The closest large-vehicle parking is in metered spaces along Pacific Coast Highway. Front-row handicapped parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Santa Fe Depot is only a few blocks away, so the USS Midway Museum is easily accessible by Amtrak, Coaster, and Trolley.

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USS Midway (CVB-41) Noses through scattered sea ice in March 1946, during her Arctic experimental cruise. Photographed looking forward from the carrier's island, with SB2C Helldiver and F4U Corsair planes parked on her flight deck. A Gearing class destroyer is steaming past in the background. (U.S. Navy)
Midway-class carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) commissioning ceremonies, at the New York Navy Yard, on Navy Day, 27 October 1945. (U.S. Navy)
Love hate relationship but I wish I still had mine.
Here is a video of the Midways final cruise under her own power. Ends in San Diego in Sept 1991. Includes final high speed run.
Please indulge an olde blackshoe.; are aircraft ever not launched by catapult today?
Promotional poster 1957. By Joseph Binder, Artist.
1951 (USN)
August 1979, (Dr. Giorgio Arra)
It is with great sadness that the USS Midway Community has lost a former Captain. Rest in peace Admiral Foley. Fair winds and following seas. 😥 💖🇺🇸⚓✈
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Thank you for sharing these stories and amazing pictures of the USS MIDWAY!!