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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16 September 1971, 50 years ago today: The conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-...
09/16/2021

16 September 1971, 50 years ago today: The conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) gets underway from Norfolk for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea via the Arctic Circle for joint operations in the North Sea with the Royal Navy and then the English Channel.

U.S. Navy photo from Independence's 1971-'72 Mediterranean cruise book

16 September 1971, 50 years ago today: The conventionally-powered Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) gets underway from Norfolk for a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea via the Arctic Circle for joint operations in the North Sea with the Royal Navy and then the English Channel.

U.S. Navy photo from Independence's 1971-'72 Mediterranean cruise book

15 September 1941, 80 years ago today: The keel was laid down for the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-1...
09/15/2021

15 September 1941, 80 years ago today: The keel was laid down for the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Fore River Shipyard of Bethlehem Steel Company.

Ship's history: https://bit.ly/3ny8l0f

U.S. Navy photo

15 September 1941, 80 years ago today: The keel was laid down for the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Fore River Shipyard of Bethlehem Steel Company.

Ship's history: https://bit.ly/3ny8l0f

U.S. Navy photo

14 September 1976, 45 years ago today: This photograph was taken of the Gearing-class destroyer USS Bordelon (DD-881) be...
09/14/2021

14 September 1976, 45 years ago today: This photograph was taken of the Gearing-class destroyer USS Bordelon (DD-881) being refueled by the Wichita-class replenishment oiler USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) in the Atlantic Ocean. At 2336 that same day, Bordelon reported losing steering control during night refueling operations while alongside the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and collided with the latter. Bordelon's port bow and some of the superstructure were damaged and the main mast snapped and fell on the signal shack, injuring some of the handling team. Fortunately, no fires resulted and Bordelon continued under her own power. As it had done during the Belknap incident the previous autumn, Kennedy's Helicopter Squadron One One (HS-11) flew night medical evacuation missions in support of the relief efforts in the wake of the collision. Due to the damage to the superstructure and electronics and the age and condition of the hull, Bordelon was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 February 1977, transferred to Iran in 1 July that same year, and cannibalized for spare parts.

It was an eventful day, to say the least, for CV-67. Earlier, Fighter Squadron Three Two (VF-32) lost a Grumman F-14A Tomcat some 60 nautical miles north of Scotland when the aircraft experienced "runaway engines" and began to skid across the flight deck of the Kennedy. LT John L. "Lew" Kosich, the pilot (CVW-1 staff), conscious of the group of aircraft spotted forward, alertly steered the Tomcat toward the deck edge. Just prior to the F-14 going over the side into 315 fathoms of water, LTJG Louis E. "Les" Seymour, the NFO, initiated command ejection, and both men landed on the flight deck with minor injuries. Three sailors from the flight deck crew suffered injuries in the mishap with the rampaging Tomcat, but recovered. Intensive deep-water salvage operations recovered most of the plane and the missile it carried.

U.S. Navy photo from Kalamazoo's 1976-'77 cruise book

14 September 1976, 45 years ago today: This photograph was taken of the Gearing-class destroyer USS Bordelon (DD-881) being refueled by the Wichita-class replenishment oiler USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) in the Atlantic Ocean. At 2336 that same day, Bordelon reported losing steering control during night refueling operations while alongside the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and collided with the latter. Bordelon's port bow and some of the superstructure were damaged and the main mast snapped and fell on the signal shack, injuring some of the handling team. Fortunately, no fires resulted and Bordelon continued under her own power. As it had done during the Belknap incident the previous autumn, Kennedy's Helicopter Squadron One One (HS-11) flew night medical evacuation missions in support of the relief efforts in the wake of the collision. Due to the damage to the superstructure and electronics and the age and condition of the hull, Bordelon was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 February 1977, transferred to Iran in 1 July that same year, and cannibalized for spare parts.

It was an eventful day, to say the least, for CV-67. Earlier, Fighter Squadron Three Two (VF-32) lost a Grumman F-14A Tomcat some 60 nautical miles north of Scotland when the aircraft experienced "runaway engines" and began to skid across the flight deck of the Kennedy. LT John L. "Lew" Kosich, the pilot (CVW-1 staff), conscious of the group of aircraft spotted forward, alertly steered the Tomcat toward the deck edge. Just prior to the F-14 going over the side into 315 fathoms of water, LTJG Louis E. "Les" Seymour, the NFO, initiated command ejection, and both men landed on the flight deck with minor injuries. Three sailors from the flight deck crew suffered injuries in the mishap with the rampaging Tomcat, but recovered. Intensive deep-water salvage operations recovered most of the plane and the missile it carried.

U.S. Navy photo from Kalamazoo's 1976-'77 cruise book

13 September 1941, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of Douglas TBD-1 Devastator aircraft of Torpedo Squadro...
09/13/2021

13 September 1941, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of Douglas TBD-1 Devastator aircraft of Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5) parked at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntlesses of Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5) are beyond the TBDs, with Grumman F4F Wildcat fighters and Curtiss SB2U Vindicator scout bombers further in the left background. The TBDs have recently been repainted in the new blue gray and light gray color scheme, while the other planes are still in the earlier overall light gray. VT-5 and VB-5 were assigned to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5), which left Norfolk on the following day for operations in the North Atlantic.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-CF-55215-7

13 September 1941, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of Douglas TBD-1 Devastator aircraft of Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5) parked at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntlesses of Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5) are beyond the TBDs, with Grumman F4F Wildcat fighters and Curtiss SB2U Vindicator scout bombers further in the left background. The TBDs have recently been repainted in the new blue gray and light gray color scheme, while the other planes are still in the earlier overall light gray. VT-5 and VB-5 were assigned to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5), which left Norfolk on the following day for operations in the North Atlantic.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-CF-55215-7

12 September 1961, 60 years ago today: The United States Navy organized a seven-ship Task Force 135 to proceed to the Te...
09/12/2021

12 September 1961, 60 years ago today: The United States Navy organized a seven-ship Task Force 135 to proceed to the Texas coast to conduct relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Carla. The ships included the Essex-class aircraft carriers USS Antietam (CVS-36, left), USS Shangri-La (CVA-38, right), two destroyers, an attack transport, and two fleet tugs.

Florida Memory Project photo # DC020010 (left)
U.S. Navy photo from Shangri-La's 1959-'61 World Cruise Book (right)

12 September 1961, 60 years ago today: The United States Navy organized a seven-ship Task Force 135 to proceed to the Texas coast to conduct relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Carla. The ships included the Essex-class aircraft carriers USS Antietam (CVS-36, left), USS Shangri-La (CVA-38, right), two destroyers, an attack transport, and two fleet tugs.

Florida Memory Project photo # DC020010 (left)
U.S. Navy photo from Shangri-La's 1959-'61 World Cruise Book (right)

11 September 2001, 20 years ago today: This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York a...
09/11/2021

11 September 2001, 20 years ago today: This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) by NASA astronaut Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. from aboard the International Space Station in earth orbit. Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two hijacked airliners were deliberately crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the people there, and everywhere else," said Station Commander Culbertson of Expedition 3, after the terrorists' attacks.

Culbertson served aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) in 1974 with Fighter Squadron One Five One (VF-151) "Vigilantes."

Text of letter from Expedition Three Commander Culbertson reflecting on the events of September 11: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/sept11_culbertson.html

NASA photo # ISS003E5387

11 September 2001, 20 years ago today: This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) by NASA astronaut Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. from aboard the International Space Station in earth orbit. Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two hijacked airliners were deliberately crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the people there, and everywhere else," said Station Commander Culbertson of Expedition 3, after the terrorists' attacks.

Culbertson served aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) in 1974 with Fighter Squadron One Five One (VF-151) "Vigilantes."

Text of letter from Expedition Three Commander Culbertson reflecting on the events of September 11: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/sept11_culbertson.html

NASA photo # ISS003E5387

11 September 1951, 70 years ago today: The Cimarron-class fleet oiler USS Elokomin (AO-55) refuels the Baltimore-class h...
09/11/2021

11 September 1951, 70 years ago today: The Cimarron-class fleet oiler USS Elokomin (AO-55) refuels the Baltimore-class heavy cruiser USS Macon (CA-132) and the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Leyte (CV-32) while en route to Gibraltar. Photographed from a 40mm gun tub at Leyte's bow.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-440641

11 September 1951, 70 years ago today: The Cimarron-class fleet oiler USS Elokomin (AO-55) refuels the Baltimore-class heavy cruiser USS Macon (CA-132) and the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Leyte (CV-32) while en route to Gibraltar. Photographed from a 40mm gun tub at Leyte's bow.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-440641

The new U.S. Navy large aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CVB-41) was commissioned on this day as the lead ship of its class ...
09/10/2021

The new U.S. Navy large aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CVB-41) was commissioned on this day as the lead ship of its class with CAPT Joseph F. Bolger in command. It was the largest ship in the world until 1955 when the supercarrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was commissioned. Midway served for 47 years including during the Vietnam War and as the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991's Operation Desert Storm. In 1992, USS Midway was decommissioned for the last time and became a museum ship in San Diego, California in June 2004; 62 years after the World War II battle for which she was named.

NOTE: This album also contains photographs of the ship taken around the time of commissioning as well as photographs of command personnel taken during other times in their lives but whose exact date cannot be firmly established. These photographs are described as such.

9 September 2006, 15 years ago today: Airman Douglas Riley fuels an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Tw...
09/09/2021

9 September 2006, 15 years ago today: Airman Douglas Riley fuels an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Two Seven (VFA-27) "Royal Maces" as a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115) "Liberty Bells" lands on the flight deck of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) under way at the time in the East China Sea in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo # 060909-N-8604L-105 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Wayne LeGrand

9 September 2006, 15 years ago today: Airman Douglas Riley fuels an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Two Seven (VFA-27) "Royal Maces" as a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One One Five (VAW-115) "Liberty Bells" lands on the flight deck of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) under way at the time in the East China Sea in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo # 060909-N-8604L-105 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Wayne LeGrand

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09/08/2021

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8 September 1966, 55 years ago today: The Essex-class antisubmarine warfare aircraft carrier #USSHornet (CVS-12) returns...
09/08/2021

8 September 1966, 55 years ago today: The Essex-class antisubmarine warfare aircraft carrier #USSHornet (CVS-12) returns to Long Beach Naval Shipyard from a Seventh Fleet deployment in the Pacific. During this particular deployment, she was on recovery station for an unmanned Apollo spacecraft that rocketed three-quarters of the way around the globe in 93 minutes before splashdown near Wake Island on 25 August 1966. Scorched from the heat of its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, the Apollo capsule, designed to carry American astronauts to the moon, was brought aboard Hornet after its test. Nearly three years later, Hornet would have the privilege of the recovering the first astronauts to walk on the Moon on Apollo 11.

In this circa 1966 photo, Hornet, the U.S. Navy oiler USS Cimarron (AO-22), and the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Nicholas (DD-449) are seen during underway replenishment (UNREP) activities off the coast of North Viet Nam. At that time these three ships had accumulated nearly 75 years of Navy service between them.

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1115952

8 September 1966, 55 years ago today: The Essex-class antisubmarine warfare aircraft carrier #USSHornet (CVS-12) returns to Long Beach Naval Shipyard from a Seventh Fleet deployment in the Pacific. During this particular deployment, she was on recovery station for an unmanned Apollo spacecraft that rocketed three-quarters of the way around the globe in 93 minutes before splashdown near Wake Island on 25 August 1966. Scorched from the heat of its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, the Apollo capsule, designed to carry American astronauts to the moon, was brought aboard Hornet after its test. Nearly three years later, Hornet would have the privilege of the recovering the first astronauts to walk on the Moon on Apollo 11.

In this circa 1966 photo, Hornet, the U.S. Navy oiler USS Cimarron (AO-22), and the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Nicholas (DD-449) are seen during underway replenishment (UNREP) activities off the coast of North Viet Nam. At that time these three ships had accumulated nearly 75 years of Navy service between them.

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1115952

7 September 1991, 30 years ago today: A flight deck crewmen attaches an aircraft tow bar to an MD-3 tow tractor on the f...
09/07/2021

7 September 1991, 30 years ago today: A flight deck crewmen attaches an aircraft tow bar to an MD-3 tow tractor on the flight deck of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carry USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). A Grumman F-14 Tomcat of Fighter Squadron One Four (VF-14) "Tophatters" is in the background. At the time, VF-14 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) which was in the midst of a 4-month shipyard restricted availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. U.S. Navy photo by PHAN James R. Gallagher. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SC-93-00694

7 September 1991, 30 years ago today: A flight deck crewmen attaches an aircraft tow bar to an MD-3 tow tractor on the flight deck of the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carry USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). A Grumman F-14 Tomcat of Fighter Squadron One Four (VF-14) "Tophatters" is in the background. At the time, VF-14 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) which was in the midst of a 4-month shipyard restricted availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. U.S. Navy photo by PHAN James R. Gallagher. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SC-93-00694

09/06/2021
THE MIDWAY SAILS HOME

6 September 1991, 30 years ago today: This article appeared in the Kitsap Sun newspaper describing the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CV-41)'s return to the continental United States for the first time in 18 years since her forward deployment began in Yokosuka, Japan, in 1973.

https://products.kitsapsun.com/archive/1991/09-06/235918_the_midway_sails_home.html

Close THE MIDWAY SAILS HOME — Sep 6th, 1991 Navy's oldest carrier makes land in U.S. after 18 years abroad ABOARD THE USS MIDWAY (AP) -- The aircraft carrier USS Midway arrived in Seattle Thursday for its first visit to the continental United States in 18 years. The Navy's oldest carrier is on its...

5 September 1931, 90 years ago today: CAPT Ernest J. King, USN, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS...
09/05/2021

5 September 1931, 90 years ago today: CAPT Ernest J. King, USN, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), is shown the Olympic Cup by Chief Gunner Campbell. The cup had recently been won by Lexington's runabout crew.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-462576

5 September 1931, 90 years ago today: CAPT Ernest J. King, USN, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), is shown the Olympic Cup by Chief Gunner Campbell. The cup had recently been won by Lexington's runabout crew.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-462576

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Found this Boxing ensemble at a second hand clothing store. I date it late 60's to early 70's. Would really like to locate any history on it.
My Dad served on the Midway in 47-48 on a Med Cruise. He was on her when I was born in Pensacola as NAS. Going thru his things I found this pen that seems to be sterling silver. (see word sterling on back top edge). It looks like the MIdway and I assume it is since her served on her. He was an Aviation Machinist Mate. I'd like to sell this if possible. If there is any interest, email me at [email protected] Thanks
Indian Ocean... Front to back, an aerial view of the aircraft carriers USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, USS Midway, CV-41, USS Nimitz CVN-68, underway. Es**rt ships accompany the carriers. Jan. 23, 1980. (PH3 Lee Schnell/USN)
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)