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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It is run entirely by volunteers.

Mission: The USS Midway Library is a non-lending research library that supports the mission of the museum. Its goals are: To provide support for staff research projects within the museum. This support will be in the form of librarians assisting researchers in finding the correct materials and information for their projects, as well as by stocking all of the best resources (books/magazines/videos) that cover the topics of the USS Midway and other carriers, naval aviation history, and naval history in general. Departments expected to use these resources include Curatorial, Exhibits, Education, Docents, Air Wing, Marketing and others. To provide a resource for the San Diego community by making these same resources available to members of the Midway Museum as well as to other local museums that may require our assistance. Other possibilities could include local media (TV, radio, newspapers) who are looking for information on certain topics that we specialize in. To support any special needs of the Midway Museum, such as providing information needed to support any future accreditation or grants that the museum should decide to pursue. To serve as a repository of video footage relating to naval topics. This video footage can be used as documentary footage for future video exhibits within the museum, as well as being useful as a visual reference for certain research projects. To help the museum live up to one of the tenets of its mission statement, that of preserving history. The library will be a repository for resources that will help to preserve global and national naval history. One way that the library can do this is to retain books that are not otherwise available on the open market, such as self-published or out of print titles.

Operating as usual

24 October 1950, 70 years ago today: Douglas AD Skyraider attack planes from the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Valley...
10/24/2020

24 October 1950, 70 years ago today: Douglas AD Skyraider attack planes from the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CV-45) fire five-inch rockets at a North Korean field position.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-422387

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
10/24/2020

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

EOD Detachment Norfolk from Naval Station Norfolk successfully detonated the buried unexploded ordnance shortly after 12:30 p.m. today. The three-person explosive ordnance disposal team reported that there was a dull thud and sand tossed into the air approximately 60 feet. They used a combination of explosives including C-4.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse grounds and nearby parking and beach areas have reopened.

"Cape Hatteras National Seashore appreciates the significant efforts and expertise provided by U.S. Navy EOD Detachment Norfolk," stated David Hallac, Superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. "Their immediate response helped protect visitors and nearby structures."

22 October 1965, 55 years ago today: This photograph was taken of the radar arrangement on the conventionally-powered Fo...
10/22/2020

22 October 1965, 55 years ago today: This photograph was taken of the radar arrangement on the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class attack aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard in California. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA 7578698

American Experience | PBS
10/21/2020

American Experience | PBS

The oldest commissioned ship still afloat, the U.S.S. Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," first launched into Boston Harbor on October 21, 1797. (Photo: The Library of Congress)

20 October 1975, 45 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CV-19) returns from her final deploym...
10/20/2020

20 October 1975, 45 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CV-19) returns from her final deployment to San Francisco, California. Hancock, with Carrier Air Wing Two One (CVW-21) embarked, was deployed to the Western Pacific from 18 March to 20 October 1975.

U.S. Navy photo from Hancock's 1975 cruise book

20 October 1955, 65 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39), and the Allen ...
10/20/2020

20 October 1955, 65 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39), and the Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer USS Purdy (DD-734) refuel at sea from the U.S. Navy fleet oiler USS Neosho (AO-143) in the Mediterranean.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-684504

19 October 1985, 35 years ago today: Two Sikorsky SH-3H Sea Kings of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Two (HS-2) "Gold...
10/19/2020

19 October 1985, 35 years ago today: Two Sikorsky SH-3H Sea Kings of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Two (HS-2) "Golden Falcons" lower rescue swimmers to assist survivors of another SH-3H that crashed due to engine failure in the Indian Ocean.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 2011.113.224

18 October 2010, 10 years ago today: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Gilbert Gutierrez, from Guam, makes a dental mold aboar...
10/18/2020

18 October 2010, 10 years ago today: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Gilbert Gutierrez, from Guam, makes a dental mold aboard the nuclear-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). Nimitz was preparing for a scheduled Docking Planned Incremental Availability in Bremerton, Washington and was homeported at Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, California.

U.S. Navy photo # 101018-N-2918M-027 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Merrill

16 October 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) is seen at sea. The origin...
10/16/2020

16 October 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) is seen at sea. The original photograph is dated 16 October 1945. It has been autographed by Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, who served on board Bunker Hill from January to May of 1945 while he was Chief of Staff to Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, Commander, Task Force 58. From the collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 42373

Captain Mark Kelly
10/16/2020

Captain Mark Kelly

Throwback to my days on the USS Midway, my second favorite naval ship. (My first is obviously the USS Gabrielle Giffords.)

10/13/2020
FIRST POSTWAR AIRCRAFT CARRIER IS LAUNCHED [ETC.]

13 October 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CV-34) is launched at New York Naval Shipyard, making her the first U.S. Navy carrier to be launched in the postwar era. She was sponsored by Mrs. Ida D. Cannon, wife of the Honorable Clarence Cannon, Congressman of the 9th District of Missouri.

Beacuse of the end of the war and shrinking budgets, Oriskany's construction was put on hold 12 August 1947. She remained in a state of preservation until after the outbreak of hostilities in Korea in June 1950, then rushed to completion. She commissioned in the New York Naval Shipyard on 25 September 1950 with CAPT Percy H. Lyon in command.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QWQb8qp0S4

Part 1, the aircraft carrier Oriskany is launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Part 2, the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga docks at San Francisco. Part 3, Preside...

Happy BirthdayNumber 245,United States Navy!
10/13/2020

Happy Birthday
Number 245,
United States Navy!

12 October 1945, 75 years ago today: The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) is seen underway off New ...
10/12/2020

12 October 1945, 75 years ago today: The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) is seen underway off New York City.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.272.028

11 October 1945, 75 years ago today: The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) passes through the Panama...
10/11/2020

11 October 1945, 75 years ago today: The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) passes through the Panama Canal with task force II en route to New York.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-360544

10 October 1945, 75 years ago today: United States Pacific Fleet ships steam toward the Panama Canal while en route to t...
10/10/2020

10 October 1945, 75 years ago today: United States Pacific Fleet ships steam toward the Panama Canal while en route to the Navy Day review scheduled for 27 October 1945. Among the ships present are the Yorktown-class aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6), the New Mexico-class battleships USS Idaho (BB-42), USS Mississippi (BB-41), and USS New Mexico (BB-40), the North Carolina-class battleships USS Washington (BB-56) and #USSNorthCarolina (BB-55), the Independence-class light aircraft carriers USS Bataan (CVL-29) and USS Monterey (CVL-26), and the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33). The two Omaha-class light cruisers (CLs) are either: Trenton, Concord, or Richmond. Note interesting five line cruising formation.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-701165

8 October 1960, 60 years ago today: The third United States naval vessel to be named Constellation, the conventionally-p...
10/08/2020

8 October 1960, 60 years ago today: The third United States naval vessel to be named Constellation, the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class attack aircraft carrier (CVA-64), is christened at the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York by Mrs. Mary C. Herter, née Pratt, wife of Secretary of State Christian A. Herter.

Scan from Constellation's 1961-'62 maiden cruise book from navysite.de

8 October 1955, 65 years ago today: The sixth United States naval vessel to be named Saratoga, the conventionally-powere...
10/08/2020

8 October 1955, 65 years ago today: The sixth United States naval vessel to be named Saratoga, the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class attack aircraft carrier (CVA-60), is launched at the New York Naval Shipyard, New York City, New York; sponsored by Mrs. Charles S. Thomas.

U.S. Navy photo from Saratoga's 1952-'56 commissioning cruise book

6 October 1990, 30 years ago today: This right side view is taken of a Grumman KA-6D Intruder tanker aircraft of Attack ...
10/06/2020

6 October 1990, 30 years ago today: This right side view is taken of a Grumman KA-6D Intruder tanker aircraft of Attack Squadron One Seven Six (VA-176) "Thunderbolts" parked on the flight line at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The squadron was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6) which was embarked aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) at the time. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Bruce Trombecky. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-ST-93-02356

4 October 1970, 50 years ago today: Lieutenant Commander Kenneth R. Cameron, USN, died while a Prisoner of War in North ...
10/04/2020

4 October 1970, 50 years ago today: Lieutenant Commander Kenneth R. Cameron, USN, died while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. This portrait was taken on 13 January 1963, shortly before he embarked aboard the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class attack aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60). Later, he flew with Attack Squadron Seven Six (VA-76) "Spirits of 76" from the Essex-class attack carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) when his Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was hit during a mission over North Vietnam. He was forced to eject and taken prisoner on 18 May 1967. His remains were returned to the United States and he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was posthumously awarded a Navy Cross for heroism while a POW in North Vietnam.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 102395

3 October 1955, 65 years ago today: The U.S. Navy light aircraft carrier USS Saipan (CVL-48), seen here in a mid-1950s p...
10/03/2020

3 October 1955, 65 years ago today: The U.S. Navy light aircraft carrier USS Saipan (CVL-48), seen here in a mid-1950s photograph, with Helicopter Training Unit 1 aboard was tasked to Tampico, Mexico, for disaster relief operations from 3-10 October 1955. During these operations, the helicopters rescued 5,439 persons marooned on rooftops, trees, and other retreats, and delivered 183,017 pounds of food and medical supplies. Helicopters from MAG-26, VMRs 153 and 252, and specialists from the 2nd MAW also aided in the rescue work.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 67747 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969

3 October 1925, 95 years ago today: The battle cruiser USS Lexington (CC-1) is launched at the Fore River Yards, Quincy,...
10/03/2020

3 October 1925, 95 years ago today: The battle cruiser USS Lexington (CC-1) is launched at the Fore River Yards, Quincy, Massachusetts. Mrs. Theodore D. Robinson, wife of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy was sponsor. At the time, she was the longest vessel in the world, the biggest ship ever constructed in this country, and the fastest vessel afloat (destroyers excepted). She had already been authorized to be completed as an aircraft carrier (CV-2) on 1 July 1922. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 69053

2 October 1950, 70 years ago today: A Vought F4U-4B Corsair, of Fighter Squadron One One Three (VF-113) "Stingers" from ...
10/02/2020

2 October 1950, 70 years ago today: A Vought F4U-4B Corsair, of Fighter Squadron One One Three (VF-113) "Stingers" from the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) flies combat air patrol over U.S. warships and U.N. shipping in Inchon anchorage, South Korea. Wolmi-Do island is in the right center distance, with Inchon city beyond to the right. The Iowa-class battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) is immediately below the Corsair. Among the other ships present are troop transports (AP), amphibious ships (AGC, APA, APD and LST), a hospital ship (AH) and many merchant cargo vessels.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 97076

27 October 1945: The U.S. Navy aircraft carriers USS Enterprise (CV-6) and #USSMidway (CVB-41) are seen at anchor for Na...
10/01/2020

27 October 1945: The U.S. Navy aircraft carriers USS Enterprise (CV-6) and #USSMidway (CVB-41) are seen at anchor for Navy Day celebrations in New York. Moored aft of the carriers is the Northampton-class heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31).

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.272.030

1 October 1985, 35 years ago today: This elevated beam view is taken of the aircraft carriers (from front to back) USS A...
10/01/2020

1 October 1985, 35 years ago today: This elevated beam view is taken of the aircraft carriers (from front to back) USS America (CV-66), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) moored at Pier Nos. 11 and 12 at Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. Various other ships are in the background. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SC-86-02405

29 September 1965, 55 years ago today: A U.S. Navy Sikosky SH-3A Sea King from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three ...
09/29/2020

29 September 1965, 55 years ago today: A U.S. Navy Sikosky SH-3A Sea King from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three (HS-3) "Tridents" launches from the Essex-class antisubmarine warfare support carrier USS Randolph (CVS-15) during operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 2011.113.405

27 September 2010, 10 years ago today: Sailors and Marines conduct fire fighting and hose handling training aboard the n...
09/27/2020

27 September 2010, 10 years ago today: Sailors and Marines conduct fire fighting and hose handling training aboard the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during a fire drill somewhere in the Arabian Sea. The Harry S. Truman 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 # 100927-N-4135M-032 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary D. Montgomery

26 September 1985, 35 years ago today: This aerial starboard quarter view is taken of the conventionally-powered U.S. Na...
09/26/2020

26 September 1985, 35 years ago today: This aerial starboard quarter view is taken of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) being escorted by the British Type 42-class destroyer HMS Exeter (D89), left, and the Batch 3 Leander-class frigate HMS Jupiter (F60). U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Frank Davidson, USN, from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) (NOTE: The NARA description of this photo indicates it was taken in 1987, but the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at the Naval History and Heritage Command website corroborates the 1985 date).

NARA DN-SC-87-10742

23 September 1970, 50 years ago today: This aerial view is taken of the carrier pier at the U.S. Naval Air Station Quons...
09/23/2020

23 September 1970, 50 years ago today: This aerial view is taken of the carrier pier at the U.S. Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island, showing the Essex-class antisubmarine warfare support carriers USS Intrepid (CVS-11), left and USS Wasp (CVS-18), right.

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1151462 by PH3 James Phillips

22 September 1985, 35 years ago today: This port bow view is taken of the Canadian Armed Forces St. Laurent-class destro...
09/22/2020

22 September 1985, 35 years ago today: This port bow view is taken of the Canadian Armed Forces St. Laurent-class destroyer HMCS Fraser (DDH 233) sailing in position along the starboard side of the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) in preparation for an underway replenishment (UNREP). From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-ST-00-03632

Happy Birthday, United States Air Force!
09/18/2020

Happy Birthday, United States Air Force!

F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41) fly alongside two Air Force B-52G Stratofortress aircraft as they pass over the MIDWAY during an interoperability exercise.

NARA DN-ST-92-04048

Today is National #POWMIARecognitionDay.
09/18/2020

Today is National #POWMIARecognitionDay.

16 September 1950, 70 years ago today: Take off goes wrong for a Vought F4U Corsair from the Essex-class aircraft carrie...
09/16/2020

16 September 1950, 70 years ago today: Take off goes wrong for a Vought F4U Corsair from the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Boxer (CV-21) operating with Task Force 77, off Inchon, Korea. Pilot was Ensign James Brogan, USN. Sikorsky HO3S plane guard helicopter goes to rescue and pick-up Ensign Brogan who had managed to free himself from the fiercely burning plane.

U.S. Navy photo # USN 710024

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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!!