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USS Midway CVB-41
San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
San Diego, California

USS Midway

The Carrier: The USS Midway was put to sea just as WWII came to an end. She was the largest carrier ever built to that time. Midway tested the use of helicopters for search and rescue, and even hosted the launch of a captured German V-2 rocket. Midway was refit with an angled deck in the late 1950s. She saw heavy action in Vietnam, and became famous during the evacuation of Saigon when sailors had to push helicopters overboard to make room for more incoming aircraft to land. Midway also took part in Operation Desert Storm just prior to being retired.
The Museum: The Midway is located at 910 North Harbor Drive alongside Navy Pier. There is a pay parking lot available at the Midway, and the ship is easily accessible by public transportation including light rail. The cost is a little more than the other carrier museums at $18 per person (as of my visit in 2011), but this includes the audio tour, which is very well done. Docets were available in several parts of the ship, including in the engine room, which also added to the tour experience. The island tour is lead by a docet. The line gets long quickly, so plan to visit the island early in the day. Being the largest carrier that is open for tours, the effort to visit the Midway is well worth it.

USS Midway
USS Midway
USS Midway

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