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. It is run entirely by volunteers.
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12 May 1947: The U.S. Navy large aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CVB-41) is seen off Norfolk, Virginia with a deck full of ...
05/01/2020

12 May 1947: The U.S. Navy large aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CVB-41) is seen off Norfolk, Virginia with a deck full of Curtiss SB2C Helldiver bombers.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-371922

1 May 1925, 95 years ago today: Malcolm Scott Carpenter was born in Boulder, Colorado.Commissioned in the United States ...
05/01/2020

1 May 1925, 95 years ago today: Malcolm Scott Carpenter was born in Boulder, Colorado.

Commissioned in the United States Navy in 1949, Carpenter was given flight training at Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas and designated a Naval Aviator in April of 1951. During the Korean War, he served with Patrol Squadron Six, flying antisubmarine, ship surveillance, aerial mining and ferret missions. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, in 1954 and was subsequently assigned to the Electronics Test Division of the Naval Air Test Center, also at Patuxent. In that assignment, he had test-flown every type of naval aircraft, including multi- and single-engine jet and propeller-driven fighters, attack planes, patrol bombers, transports, and seaplanes. From 1957 to 1959, he attended the Navy General Line School and the Navy Air Intelligence School and was then assigned as Air Intelligence Officer on the Essex-class aircraft carrier #USSHornet (CVS-12).

Carpenter was selected as one of the first seven NASA astronauts in 1959 and flew the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission in 1962. He was later a crew member of Sealab II in 1965, making him the world's only astronaut/aquanaut. Carpenter passed away on 10 October 2013 at the age of 88.

NASA photo

04/30/2020
American Experience | PBS

#NeverForget

On the morning of April 30, 1975, eleven Marines were left on the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon waiting to evacuate. But the helicopters had stopped coming.

30 April 1980, 40 years ago today: This photograph is taken of Captain Ming Chang (left), chief of staff, Carrier Group ...
04/30/2020

30 April 1980, 40 years ago today: This photograph is taken of Captain Ming Chang (left), chief of staff, Carrier Group Three; Commodore Jack Gelke (center), commander, Destroyer Squadron Five; and Rear Admiral Lawrence Chambers, commander, Carrier Group Three, on the bridge of the Midway-class aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) somewhere in the Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Joseph Gallegos, USN. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SC-85-11111

#OperationFrequentWind
04/29/2020
American Experience | PBS

#OperationFrequentWind

The North Vietnamese forces began their final advance on April 29, 1975. Over two days, while Saigon fell, members of the US military rallied to evacuate thousands of Vietnamese refugees.

29 April 1975, 45 years ago today:
04/29/2020

29 April 1975, 45 years ago today:

Today we'll take a brief look at the O-1 Bird Dog. We'll start with this photo of the most historically famous Bird Dog of all. The story behind it is just incredible.

When Major Buang-Ly dropped the note to MIDWAY's flight deck, there was no room to land. Knowing there was not enough room to land, MIDWAY's commanding officer, Captain Lawrence Chambers ordered VNAF UH-1 helicopters pushed overboard to clear the landing area. With little fuel remaining Major Buang-Ly safely landed aboard MIDWAY saving his wife and five children, along with himself, from capture by the communists.

As he flew out to MIDWAY, he had to evade ground fire.

The will to live and seek freedom has resulted in some of the most heroic actions in the history of mankind.

This historic Bird Dog now hangs from the ceiling at the National Naval Aviation Museum. I'm glad I got to photograph it in detail when it was still accessible.

28 April 1965, 55 years ago today: The shadow of a U.S. Navy Vought RF-8A Crusader photographic reconnaissance jet passe...
04/28/2020

28 April 1965, 55 years ago today: The shadow of a U.S. Navy Vought RF-8A Crusader photographic reconnaissance jet passes near a burning Communist Vietnamese PT boat after it was blasted by U.S. Seventh Fleet aircraft from aircraft carriers #USSMidway (CV-41) and the Essex-class USS Hancock (CV 19). This was one of the five PT boats destroyed by U.S. Navy aircraft that day. The boats were spotted in the Song Giang River near the Quang Khe Naval Base (located some 50 miles north of the 17th Parallel) despite heavy camouflage. A total of 58 Navy aircraft (28 strike and 30 support types) took part in the day-long attack. All were recovered safely. Photograph released May 4, 1965.

U.S. Navy photo # 330-PSA-81-65 (USN 711478)

28 April 1945, 75 years ago today (approximate date): This view is taken on the flight deck of the Essex-class aircraft ...
04/28/2020

28 April 1945, 75 years ago today (approximate date): This view is taken on the flight deck of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) looking forward while the ship was in New York Harbor. She had just returned from the Pacific for repair of battle damage received off Japan on 19 March 1945. Note damage to her flight deck, large U.S. ensign flying from her island, and the Manhattan skyline in the background.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-K-4760

27 April 1950, 70 years ago today: The Gearing-class destroyer USS Norris (DD-859) drops depth charges in a demonstratio...
04/27/2020

27 April 1950, 70 years ago today: The Gearing-class destroyer USS Norris (DD-859) drops depth charges in a demonstration of Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) for the Secretary of the Navy, who was embarked in the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea (CV-47).

U.S. Navy # 80-G-439861

SLUF Sunday. Thanks, D&S!
04/26/2020

SLUF Sunday. Thanks, D&S!

Scott Manning photo and post. Vought A-7B 154370 on display aboard the USS Midway. Photo from August 2017.

26 April 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) approaches New York City while ...
04/26/2020

26 April 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) approaches New York City while en route to the New York Navy Yard for repairs. Note the extensive damage to her after flight deck, received when she was hit by a Japanese air attack off the coast of Japan on 19 March 1945. Photographed by Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-274014

45 years ago this month; told in graphic novel style:
04/25/2020
American Experience | PBS

45 years ago this month; told in graphic novel style:

As North Vietnamese forces swept into Saigon in April of 1975, one family risked everything to escape.

25 April 1980, 40 years ago today: A Grumman A-6E Intruder from Attack Squadron ONE NINE SIX (VA-196) "Milestones"/"Main...
04/25/2020

25 April 1980, 40 years ago today: A Grumman A-6E Intruder from Attack Squadron ONE NINE SIX (VA-196) "Milestones"/"Main Battery" on the flight deck of the Midway-class aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43). There is also a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron THREE TWO THREE (VFMA-323) "Death Rattlers" which is getting ready to launch. The aircraft have Iran Hostage raid markings on their wings. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.253.7048.010

25 April 1980, 40 years ago today: Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) aircraft pack the flight deck of the Midway-class ...
04/25/2020

25 April 1980, 40 years ago today: Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) aircraft pack the flight deck of the Midway-class aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43). This photograph was taken the day after the United States launched Operation Blue Light (Eagle Claw) to rescue the 53 Americans held hostage by Iranian militants in Tehrān, Iran. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.226.055

25 April 1960, 60 years ago today: Two Douglas AD-5W Skyraider aircraft of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron TWELV...
04/25/2020

25 April 1960, 60 years ago today: Two Douglas AD-5W Skyraider aircraft of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron TWELVE (VAW-12) "Bats" fly over the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy attack aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), while she was operating with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. The planes are BuNos 135163 and 135183.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 97655

04/24/2020
American Experience | PBS

45 years ago this month:

"There's a sea of humanity jamming on!" Panic permeated South Vietnam in late April of 1975 as the fall of Saigon became inevitable.

Happy 220th Birthday!
04/24/2020

Happy 220th Birthday!

Our favorite library turns 220 today! (Yes, we're a little biased.) Read more about how the Library of Congress is sharing its rich collections and new programs and services widely, via our websites, social media and more: http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2020/04/your-favorite-library-turns-220/?loclr=fbloc

If, like us, you miss our beautiful buildings, check out these spectacular images from our Library Life Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/library-of-congress-life/albums/72157709123818582

24 April 1965, 55 years ago today: A Douglas A-4C Skyhawk is positioned on the catapult of the conventionally-powered Ki...
04/24/2020

24 April 1965, 55 years ago today: A Douglas A-4C Skyhawk is positioned on the catapult of the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class attack aircraft carrier USS America (CVA-66) as Carrier Air Wing Six (CVW-6) conducts qualification operations.

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1112133-B by Photographer's Mate Second Class Robert Ekshian, USN

Happy #WorldBookDay 2020!Our "Donations" tray on a busy day.
04/24/2020

Happy #WorldBookDay 2020!

Our "Donations" tray on a busy day.

Today is National Library Workers Day and we are proud to have had two of our volunteers honored recently on the museum'...
04/21/2020

Today is National Library Workers Day and we are proud to have had two of our volunteers honored recently on the museum's page.

#NLWD20 #NLWD

As you know we’ve been celebrating our amazing volunteers all month long for National Volunteer Month – but what you may not know is that today marks the beginning of National Library Week as well!

What better way to celebrate than to share a couple of the amazing members of our Curatorial team this week? For today’s #NationalVolunteerMonth highlight, say hello to the amazing, Liza Aguirre-Oviedo!

Liza’s passion for the Midway's mission and dedication to historic preservation made her a perfect fit for our Curatorial team, where she has volunteered for almost 4 years. Outside of Liza’s time in our onboard Research Library, she also enjoys participating in parades and special events as part of Midway’s Outreach team.

As the wife of a U.S. Navy veteran, Liza finds volunteering aboard Midway rewarding on many levels.

Liza’s husband served aboard the USS Independence during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, shortly after his ship replaced Midway in Japan a year before the Midway was decommissioned.

Today, Liza chooses to spend her time volunteering aboard Midway because she enjoys what this ship represents for servicemen and women and their dedication to our country. She has formed strong bonds with staff and volunteers, and she feels that “it’s always an outstanding day on the USS Midway.” We couldn’t agree more!

Thank you, Liza, for sharing your talents and kindness with us onboard. We are very thankful that you are a part of our Midway Family.

#NationalLibraryWeek #NVM2020 #Volunteering

Today is National Library Workers Day and we are proud to have had two of our volunteers honored recently on the museum'...
04/21/2020

Today is National Library Workers Day and we are proud to have had two of our volunteers honored recently on the museum's page.

#NLWD20 #NLWD

Today for #NationalVolunteerMonth say hello to Patricia!

Patricia has been a part of Midway’s Curatorial team for 6 years.
However, her connection to service began far before that, as Patricia worked for over 30 years as a librarian for the Department of Defense. As a military librarian, daughter of a Naval Officer, and wife of a Naval Officer - volunteering with the Midway crew came as a natural fit.

Today, Patricia is one of our East Coast volunteers that makes a monthly trip to copy deck logs from Archives II in College Park, Maryland.

She writes a blog entitled “eQuips” that has featured many stories about the USS Midway, interviews with people that work in our onboard Research Library, USS Midway Museum, and the meaning of words like ‘shipmate’.

Patricia is proud to wear her Midway gear around town and even at Library Conferences that she attends. We are proud that you are on our team, thank you for being a part of the Midway Magic, Patricia!

#Volunteering #NVM2020 #locallight

Learn more about our Midway Volunteer Crew here: http://bit.ly/volunteer-onboard

Naval History & Heritage Command
04/20/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

Happy #NationalLibraryWeek, and Happy 220th Birthday to our own Navy Department Library! #DYK the collection of the Navy Department Library houses 114,000 book titles, 374,000 manuscripts and 189,000 periodicals? This year, we invite you to “find the library at your place!” Stay tuned throughout the week as we open our virtual doors and share resources that you can access from home.

Today, we start with our Online Reading Room. Here, you can browse through documents on topics ranging from Amelia Earhart to Z-Grams (naval messages sent directly to the fleet).

Ready for a riveting tale to start off your Monday? Our library staff recommends the following first-person narrative: “Narrative of the Capture, Sufferings and Escape of Capt. Barnabas Lincoln And His Crew, Who Were Taken By a Piratical Schooner, December, 1821, Off Key Largo; Together With Facts Illustrating the Character of Those Piratical Cruisers. Written By Himself. 1822”

Read the story of Barnabas Lincoln here: https://go.usa.gov/xvXaZ

Explore all of the Navy Department Library’s content: https://go.usa.gov/xvXaB

#NavyDepartmentLibrary220 #NLW2020 #LibrariesTransform

19 April 1970, 50 years ago today: "Your mission served your country. It served to remind us all of our proud heritage a...
04/19/2020

19 April 1970, 50 years ago today: "Your mission served your country. It served to remind us all of our proud heritage as a nation; to remind us that in this age of technicians and scientific marvels, that the individual still counts; that in a crisis, the character of a man or of men will make the difference."

President Richard M. Nixon speaks at Hickham Air Force Base prior to presenting the nation's highest civilian award to the Apollo 13 crew. Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom were astronauts James A. Lovell Jr., USN (next to the Chief Executive), commander; John L. Swigert Jr., USAF (left), command module pilot; and Fred W. Haise Jr., USMC/USAF, lunar module pilot. They arrived in Hawaii aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship (helicopter carrier) USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2).

NASA photo # S70-15511

19 April 1960, 60 years ago today: First flight of the Grumman A-6 Intruder carrier-borne low-level all-weather strike a...
04/19/2020

19 April 1960, 60 years ago today: First flight of the Grumman A-6 Intruder carrier-borne low-level all-weather strike aircraft.

Image is of an A-6A of VA-115 "Arabs" (later "Eagles") about to trap aboard the U.S. Navy attack aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CVA-41).

U.S. Navy photo from Midway's 1971 WestPac cruise book

18 April 1950, 70 years ago today: First flight of the Convair XP5Y-1 Tradewind flying boat, the first such aircraft pow...
04/18/2020

18 April 1950, 70 years ago today: First flight of the Convair XP5Y-1 Tradewind flying boat, the first such aircraft powered by turboprops. This photograph was taken on that day in San Diego, California. With four Allison XT-40-A-4 turboprop engines having 5,100 horsepower each, the Tradewind had a top speed of 383 miles an hour and an estimated range of 3,236 miles. Below the fuselage floor was a watertight hull compartment, giving an unbroken cabin fore and aft for cargo storage or for carrying litters.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-707684

17 April 1970: In this sequence of photographs, crew members of the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LPH-...
04/17/2020

17 April 1970: In this sequence of photographs, crew members of the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), prime recovery ship for the Apollo 13 mission, hoist the command module (CM) aboard ship. In this last photo, the crew guide the CM atop a dolly on board the ship. The CM is connected by strong cable to a hoist on the vessel. The Apollo 13 crew members were already aboard Iwo Jima when these photos were taken.

NASA photo # S70-15530 (left)
NASA photo # S70-35632 (center)
NASA photo # S70-15531 (right)

04/16/2020
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#OTD in 1943, USS Yorktown (CV-10) was commissioned. She would go on to serve with distinction in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. This clip of the Yorktown firing her 5 inch guns is from the 1944 documentary "The Fighting Lady".

16 April 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier #USSIntrepid (CV-11) burns after she was hit by a Ka...
04/16/2020

16 April 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier #USSIntrepid (CV-11) burns after she was hit by a Kamikaze off Okinawa. Photographed from the U.S. Navy large cruiser USS Alaska (CB-1) as a Fletcher class destroyer steams by in the foreground.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-328441

U.S. Naval Institute
04/14/2020
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U.S. Naval Institute

The Relentless Chief sets a standard for sailors that informs their view of the chief’s mess and ultimately their warfighter mind-set.

U.S. Naval Institute
04/13/2020
U.S. Naval Institute

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Carrier Roosevelt Sailor Dies From COVID-19 Complications - USNI News

13 April 1985, 35 years ago today: This air-to-air right side view is taken of an LTV A-7E Corsair II aircraft firing an...
04/13/2020

13 April 1985, 35 years ago today: This air-to-air right side view is taken of an LTV A-7E Corsair II aircraft firing an AGM-45 Shrike anti-radition missile. The Corsair, assigned to Attack Squadron 66 (VA-66) "Waldos," is painted in low-visibility camouflage. At the time, VA-66 was embarked on the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) as part of Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7). From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SN-85-05971

To a submariner, there are only two kinds of ships: submarines and targets.Happy #NationalSubmarineDay!This is an undate...
04/11/2020

To a submariner, there are only two kinds of ships: submarines and targets.

Happy #NationalSubmarineDay!

This is an undated photo of the future (pre-commissioning unit or PCU) USS Washington (SSN-787). The Navy accepted delivery of the 14th fast attack boat of the nuclear-powered Virginia-class on 26 May 2017.

U.S. Navy photo # 160527-N-N0101-134 courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Matt Hildreth

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910 North Harbor Dr
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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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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!!
okay guys, here is something I've been working on. I hope I get an "A"............. I am the United States Navy, I live by the principles of courage, integrity, valor, and honor and for over 240 years I have stood by those principles. I sail the seas and oceans protecting the defenseless, and standing up to those who would threaten our freedom. I don't go looking for a fight, but if you want to pick one, I will answer your call. I have seen thousands of sunrises and sunsets at sea and I have seen unimaginable beauty. I have also seen tragedy. I have been beaten, bruised, and battered but my resolve made me stronger. I have been blessed to know countless young men and women who have answered my call, and saddened by those who gave their last full measure for me. I am the United States Navy, I have never faltered, never failed, and never wavered in my principles, and I will always stand strong
okay guys, here is something I've been working on. I hope I get an "A"............. I am the United States Navy, I live by the principles of courage, integrity, valor, and honor and for over 240 years I have stood by those principles. I sail the seas and oceans protecting the defenseless, and standing up to those who would threaten our freedom. I don't go looking for a fight, but if you want to pick one, I will answer your call. I have seen thousands of sunrises and sunsets at sea and I have seen unimaginable beauty. I have also seen tragedy. I have been beaten, bruised, and battered but my resolve made me stronger. I have been blessed to know countless young men and women who have answered my call, and saddened by those who gave their last full measure for me. I am the United States Navy, I have never faltered, never failed, and never wavered in my principles, and I will always stand strong