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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18 February 1960, 60 years ago today: The conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class attack aircraft carrier USS Constellat...
02/18/2020

18 February 1960, 60 years ago today: The conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class attack aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) is seen under construction at the New York Navy Yard.

U.S. Navy photo from Constellation's 1997 cruise book

17 February 1965, 55 years ago today: The Essex-class Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft carrier #USSYorktown (CVS-10) is r...
02/17/2020

17 February 1965, 55 years ago today: The Essex-class Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft carrier #USSYorktown (CVS-10) is replenished at sea by the combat stores ship USS Mars (FS-1).

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1110828 by Photographer's Mate First Class J.B. Paul, USN

Detail & Scale
02/15/2020

Detail & Scale

Knox posts: "Maverick's" SuperBug going to the Blues.

15 February 1990, 30 years ago today: A U.S. Navy Grumman A-6E Intruder (BuNo 159899) from Attack Squadron One Six Five ...
02/15/2020

15 February 1990, 30 years ago today: A U.S. Navy Grumman A-6E Intruder (BuNo 159899) from Attack Squadron One Six Five (VA-165) "Boomers" is seen being prepped aboard the conventionally-powered Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64). Note the non-standard woodland camouflage paint scheme. In the background is a Lockheed S-3A Viking (BuNo 160578) from Anti-Submarine Squadron Three Three (VS-33) "Screwbirds." Both squadrons were assigned to Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) for a cruise aboard the "Connie" from San Diego, California, to Norfolk, Virginia, around Cape Horn from February to April 1990. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Dewitt, USN. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SC-04-13039

For those of you in or formerly in San Diego...
02/14/2020
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For those of you in or formerly in San Diego...

President & CEO of the Museum, Jim Kidrick, speaks about the importance of the NAVWAR buildings which at one point employed around 45000 people and was home to Consolidated Aircraft.

14 February 1945, 75 years ago today: Firefighters battle flames engulfing a Vought F4U Corsair after crashing on the fl...
02/14/2020

14 February 1945, 75 years ago today: Firefighters battle flames engulfing a Vought F4U Corsair after crashing on the flight deck of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CV-20).

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 2011.003.271.040

13 February 1970, 50 years ago today: Rear Admiral Norman C. Gillette, USN, Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Group Three...
02/13/2020

13 February 1970, 50 years ago today: Rear Admiral Norman C. Gillette, USN, Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Group Three, and senior member of the decommissioning party offering remarks on the career of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) in Long Beach, California. The admiral traced the service of Kearsarge to the nation, first as a CV, then as a CVA, and finally as a CVS. He noted that she had served 24 years and had never lowered her flag to the enemy: "Only the passage of time and the economy axe could do that."

U.S. Navy photo # NH 69777

12 February 1980, 40 years ago today: The Midway-class aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) is seen underway alongside...
02/12/2020

12 February 1980, 40 years ago today: The Midway-class aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43) is seen underway alongside the ammunition ship USS Kilauea (AE-26) in the Indian Ocean. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.120.085

12 February 1945, 75 years ago today: The South Dakota-class battleship #USSMassachusetts (BB-59) is seen underway with ...
02/12/2020

12 February 1945, 75 years ago today: The South Dakota-class battleship #USSMassachusetts (BB-59) is seen underway with Task Force 58.1 while en route to raid Tokyo. Ships of Task Group 58.3 are in the background. Taken by a photographer on board the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18). Massachusetts is now preserved as a museum ship in Fall River, south of Boston, in her namesake state.

U.S. Navy Photo # 80-G-303478

#TomcatTuesday
02/12/2020

#TomcatTuesday

Scott Manning photos and post. For this edition of Tomcat Tuesday we have F-14A-70-GR 158978 on display aboard the USS Midway in San Diego,Calif.The left side of the airframe contains the markings of VF-213 while the right side has VF-114 markings.Photos from 2/7/2020.

11 February 1975, 45 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CVA-19) is seen off San Diego...
02/11/2020

11 February 1975, 45 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CVA-19) is seen off San Diego, California, shortly before beginning her final deployment to the western Pacific. There are twelve McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk attack planes and one Sikorsky SH-3G Sea King helicopter on her flight deck, all of Attack Carrier Air Wing Twenty-One (CVW-21).

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1162018

11 February 1975, 45 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CVA-19) is seen underway off ...
02/11/2020

11 February 1975, 45 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CVA-19) is seen underway off San Diego, California.

U.S. Navy photo # USN 1162013

10 February 1945, 75 years ago today: Task Group 58.3, under Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman, is seen departing Ulithi...
02/10/2020

10 February 1945, 75 years ago today: Task Group 58.3, under Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman, is seen departing Ulithi in this photograph taken from the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). On the left is the Independence class light aircraft carrier USS Cowpens (CVL-25) and in the top center is the carrier USS Essex (CV-9).

U.S. Navy photo from the collection of Pieter Bakels

02/09/2020
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#RIP Robert Conrad who passed away today at age 84. Conrad portrayed Marine ace Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington in the 1976-1978 TV series "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (aka "Black Sheep Squadron").

9 February 1975, 45 years ago today: The Sacramento-class fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE-2) began disaster rel...
02/09/2020

9 February 1975, 45 years ago today: The Sacramento-class fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE-2) began disaster relief operations at Mauritius following Cyclone Cervaise, seen here in a weather satellite image taken 7 February as it passed near Mauritius and Reunion Island. The nuclear-powered U.S. Navy attack aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN-9), and the supply ship USS Mars (AFS-1) joined the relief operations the next day. Carrier personnel spent more than 10,000 man-hours rendering such assistance as restoring water, power, and telephone systems; clearing roads and debris; and providing helicopter, medical, food, and potable water support to the stricken area. Enterprise departed on the 16th.

9 February 1955, 65 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier #USSIntrepid (CVA-11) is seen operating off...
02/09/2020

9 February 1955, 65 years ago today: The Essex-class attack aircraft carrier #USSIntrepid (CVA-11) is seen operating off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, shortly after her SCB-27C modernization. McDonnell F2H Banshee jet fighters are on her fight deck.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-659612

Yes, indeed; our gunslinger is back.  :)
02/09/2020

Yes, indeed; our gunslinger is back. :)

Scott Manning photos and post. Vought F-8K Crusader 147030 was back on display on the USS Midway after receiving some TLC. Photos from 2/7/2020.

8 February 1940, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of a Vought SBU-1 Corsair of Scouting Squadron Four One (...
02/08/2020

8 February 1940, 80 years ago today: This photograph was taken of a Vought SBU-1 Corsair of Scouting Squadron Four One (VS-41) off the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) in flight over the Atlantic Ocean. The location of the national insignia on the engine cowling indicates that this airplane was assigned to the Neutrality Patrol. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.253.2050

U.S. Naval Institute
02/07/2020

U.S. Naval Institute

#OTD in 1991, an F-14 from VF-1 shot down an Iraqi Mil Mi-8 with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile during the Persian Gulf War. It was the last air-to-air kill scored by a U.S. Navy Tomcat and the only one over a helicopter. A victory mark representing the helicopter was stenciled onto the F-14.

7 February 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) is photographed unde...
02/07/2020

7 February 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) is photographed underway in the Paria Gulf off Venezuela. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.038.011

A significant day in aircraft carrier history:
02/06/2020

A significant day in aircraft carrier history:

#OTD February 6, 1922, the world powers of the United States (delegation pictured below), Great Britain, Japan, France and Italy, sign the Washington Naval Treaty, also known as the Five-Power Treaty, providing for limitation of naval armament.

Learn more about the history of the treaty and the impact it had on the U.S. Navy: https://go.usa.gov/xdBuc

4 February 1945, 75 years ago today: In this photograph taken from the Lexington-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV...
02/04/2020

4 February 1945, 75 years ago today: In this photograph taken from the Lexington-class aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3), the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Longshaw (DD-559) is seen underway, probably in the South China Sea off Formosa. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 21D.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-315217

Naval History & Heritage Command
02/03/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD Feb. 3, 2017, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is decommissioned in a ceremony held in the ship's hangar bay. The ceremony marks the end of the ship's nearly 55-year career, and is the first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Learn about how Naval History & Heritage Command curators are preserving its history: https://go.usa.gov/xdDpG

U.S. Naval Institute
02/02/2020

U.S. Naval Institute

#DidYouKnow that WWII Marine flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient Joe Foss (26 victories) was instrumental in the creation of the #SuperBowl ? As commissioner of the AFL in the 1960s, he launched a campaign to push the rival NFL into committing to a championship game.

2 February 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13), seen here in an undated phot...
02/02/2020

2 February 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13), seen here in an undated photo, departed Bremerton, Washington and, after training exercises and pilot qualification, joined Task Group (TG) 58.2 for strikes on the Japanese homeland in support of the Okinawa landings.

U.S. Navy photo # NH 67671

1 February 1985: An aerial port beam view of the aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CV-41) with crew members spelling out "40 ...
02/01/2020

1 February 1985: An aerial port beam view of the aircraft carrier #USSMidway (CV-41) with crew members spelling out "40 YEARS OF MAGIC" on the flight deck. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

#CarrierSpellOut

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1 February 2004, 16 years ago today: CAPT Ronald H. Henderson, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS ...
02/01/2020

1 February 2004, 16 years ago today: CAPT Ronald H. Henderson, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), briefs the crew (those that were actually paying attention to him, anyway) on a successful completion of carrier qualifications during Super Bowl Sunday events in the ship's hangar bay. Members of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading team were flown aboard to perform and sign autographs during the Sunday football event.

U.S. Navy photo # 040201-N-2541H-001 by Photographers Mate Airman William R. Heimbuch III

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02/01/2020
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On the Naval Institute Blog—it's good to be a sailor's wife.

From #USSMidway's sister ship Coral Sea. If prior to 1 October 1952, she was CVB-43, otherwise CVA-43.
01/31/2020

From #USSMidway's sister ship Coral Sea. If prior to 1 October 1952, she was CVB-43, otherwise CVA-43.

While conducting research tonight, I stumbled across this shot of a McDonnell F2H Banshee from Pax River performing carrier qualification on the USS Coral Sea. And the Panther ain't bad looking either. The year is 1952. Enjoy. US NAVY Photos.

31 January 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) is pictured at anchor at the ...
01/31/2020

31 January 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) is pictured at anchor at the Puget Sound Navy Yard. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.246.007

01/30/2020
American Experience | PBS

The #USSMidway (CVB-41) was built during his administration and the second carrier in the Midway class (CVB-42) was hurriedly renamed from USS Coral Sea to USS Franklin D. Roosevelt following his death.

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, NY.

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01/30/2020
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Future of U.S. Carrier Fleet Key Issue as New Force Structure Moves Through Pentagon - USNI News

Post your pictures directly to NHHC's page.
01/30/2020

Post your pictures directly to NHHC's page.

Do you know someone who served at Iwo Jima? We're looking pictures of Iwo Jima Sailors in honor of the 75th anniversary of the battle. Please message us a picture of them in uniform and a brief story of their service. Pictures and stories need to be submitted by 14 February.

29 January 2015, 5 years ago today: Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) 3rd Class Juantavius Bridges and Joel Shrum p...
01/29/2020

29 January 2015, 5 years ago today: Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) 3rd Class Juantavius Bridges and Joel Shrum prepare to launch a Boeing EA-18 Growler on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) somewhere in the Pacific. John C. Stennis was undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments.

U.S. Navy photo # 150129-N-IK337-026 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Frost

Beautiful shot of a factory-fresh MiGmaster!
01/27/2020

Beautiful shot of a factory-fresh MiGmaster!

Many Museum visitors enjoyed having their picture taken in our innovative Navy Jet Pilot Display while sitting on an original Martin-Baker Mk. 5 ejection seat from a supersonic Vought F8U-1 Crusader. Here’s what that aircraft looked like when it was brand new back in 1957.

26 January 1965, 55 years ago today: A Kaman UH-2A Seasprite of Helicopter Utility Squadron Two (HU-2) hovers over the d...
01/26/2020

26 January 1965, 55 years ago today: A Kaman UH-2A Seasprite of Helicopter Utility Squadron Two (HU-2) hovers over the deck of the conventionally-powered Forrestal-class attack aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60) with damaged landing gear. From the Naval Aviation Safety Center Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 2011.113.374

25 January 1990, 30 years ago today: These two photographs are taken of decommissioned U.S. Navy vessels laid up at the ...
01/25/2020

25 January 1990, 30 years ago today: These two photographs are taken of decommissioned U.S. Navy vessels laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington. LEFT - A starboard bow view of the Essex-class anti-submarine warfare aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CVS-20). RIGHT - From left to right are the Essex-class attack aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), the Forrest Sherman-class guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32), USS Decatur (DDG-31), and #USSTurnerJoy (DD-951). Of these, only Turner Joy survives today as a museum ship in Bremerton, Washington. U.S. Navy photos by LT Fallon. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NARA DN-SC-90-03981 (left)
NARA DN-SC-90-03982 (right)

25 January 1945, 75 years ago today: This photograph was taken of the Essex-class aircraft carrier #USSHornet (CV-12) (b...
01/25/2020

25 January 1945, 75 years ago today: This photograph was taken of the Essex-class aircraft carrier #USSHornet (CV-12) (back) and the light carrier USS Independence (CVL-22) from the flight deck of the Exxec-class carrier USS Wasp (CV-18). From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Avaition Museum photo # 1996.488.245.010

"It's a FOURD!"
01/23/2020

"It's a FOURD!"

Knox posts: 23 Jan 1951 - 1st flight of the Douglas XF4D-1 (Skyray) 124586 - the first carrier-launched aircraft to hold the world's absolute speed record (752.943 mph) and was the first United States Navy and United States Marine Corps fighter that could exceed Mach 1 in level flight. No.2 (124587) lived a long life & is at China Lake. Love the Ford. Anyone built the old Lindberg kit?

23 January 2005, 15 years ago today: Culinary Specialist Seaman Ryan Forman of Charleston, South Carolina, prepares to s...
01/23/2020

23 January 2005, 15 years ago today: Culinary Specialist Seaman Ryan Forman of Charleston, South Carolina, prepares to serve food for the crew aboard the nuclear-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CV-68) during a luncheon honoring the National Football Conference's (NFC) Championship game. Nimitz was conducting Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination off the coast of southern California at the time.

U.S. Navy photo # 050123-N-6781S-022 by Photographer's Mate Airman Elisabeth Ann Saccotelli

D&S hovered by our "Hoover."
01/21/2020

D&S hovered by our "Hoover."

159766 on board the USS Midway in San Diego,Calif. August 2017. Scott Manning photo.

21 January 1955, 65 years ago today: The U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet carriers USS Essex (CVA-9), USS Kearsarge (CVA-33), and...
01/21/2020

21 January 1955, 65 years ago today: The U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet carriers USS Essex (CVA-9), USS Kearsarge (CVA-33), and #USSYorktown (CVA-10) lie at anchor during a port call in Manila, Philippine Islands. From the Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.242.012

21 January 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) is afire after she was hit...
01/21/2020

21 January 1945, 75 years ago today: The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) is afire after she was hit by a Kamikaze attack off Formosa. Photographed from the Cleveland-class light cruiser USS Miami (CL-89). A Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane is on the cruiser's starboard catapult in the foreground.

U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-273151

20 January 1955: The Paramount Pictures feature film "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," based on the novella by James A. Michener...
01/20/2020

20 January 1955: The Paramount Pictures feature film "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," based on the novella by James A. Michener, premieres in New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California.

For a detailed history behind this naval aviation cinema classic, here is a downloadable article that appeared in the March–April 2002 issue of "Naval Aviation News:"

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/histories/naval-aviation/Naval%20Aviation%20News/2000/2002/march-april/bridges.pdf

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910 North Harbor Dr
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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