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USS MIDWAY   (CVB-41)
(later CVA-41 and CV-41)


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Ex-Midway
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024103
24k Undated, (Post 70 O.H.) at dock showing her immense beam, note overhang of the elevator. USN
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024135
51k

Bremerton, Wash., 1994.

Stephen Renouard
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024135a
38k
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024119
58k Berthed at Bremerton, Wa., on 18 October 2002, stripped of electronics and weapons, awaiting disposal. Submarine alongside is ex-USS Sailfish (SS-572). Photo by Robert Hall
USS Midway Museum
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024127
66k

Midway at Oakland, Calif., October 11, 2003. (See Fate).

I took this photo while on board the Liberty ship Jeremiah O'Brien during the Fleet Week cruise.

Kirk Rattenne
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024128
55k

As seen from the entrance to the Charles Howard Terminal (Oakland, CA), October 16, 2003. (See Fate).

Roy Thomas
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024168
44k

Oakland, California, October 2003.

Image courtesy of Google Earth
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024134
64k

The final voyage of ex-USS Midway (CV-41). She is proceeding under tow, towards the Golden Gate and her trip down the coast to her final berth at San Diego, where she will open as a museum, possibly by June. This image is pretty fuzzy, but still significant as the final sailing after almost 60 years.

Photo by Carlos Arce, Fremont, CA. Submitted by Roy Thomas
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024133
49k

Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., Jan 5, 2004 — A tugboat tows the decommissioned aircraft carrier Midway into the San Diego bay. Midway will be moored temporarily at Naval Air Station North Island to take-on restored historical aircraft and will soon be home ported across the bay in San Diego, as the center piece for the United States' biggest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviation. When launched on September 10, 1945 as USS Midway (CVB-41) she was the largest carrier ever put to sea. For nearly 50 years she saw action in every major U.S. conflict to include military action in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class David Levy (# 040105-N-6811L-001).

USN
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024133a
89k

Another view, as above. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Rebecca J. Moat (# 040105-N-8629M-001).

USN
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024155
91k

This is a satellite image of the ex-USS Midway as the tugs nudged her alongside Navy Pier, San Diego, CA, at 11:38 a.m. on January 10, 2004.

Tom Bateman
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024136d
155k

The soon-to-be USS Midway Museum, photographed on 10 January 2004.

Larry Blumenthal comments: "[The photos] were all taken at North Island before the ship was moved. I took that photo [NS024136c] from the flight deck the day she was towed from North Island to her final home at Navy Pier across the bay in San Diego. The rising sun illuminated the flag just as a Navy jet passed over. I was privileged to be able to 'ride her over.' It's one of my favorite photos."

© Larry Blumenthal, "US Navy Photos"
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024136e
148k
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024136c
60k
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024136
86k

Three views of ex-USS Midway alongside at her new berth at Navy Pier, San Diego, Saturday, 10 January 2004.

Dave Johnston
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024136a
152k
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024136b
112k
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024156
280k

San Diego, March 29, 2004

Brian J Johnson
USS Midway Museum
NS024178
100k

USS Midway Museum Entrance. Note ports in ship's transom, through which anti-torpedo decoys (towed noisemakers) were trailed.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
USS Midway Museum
NS024178a
108k

Ticket booth for Midway Museum. Photo: November 2005.

George Panos, ex-QMS 2/C
USS Midway Museum
NS024179
96k

This Douglas A-4F Skyhawk, BuNo 154977, shows markings of VA-23 "Black Knights," part of Carrier Air Wing One Nine (CVW-19, tail code "NM") aboard USS Oriskany (CVA-34) in 1969, during the carrier's fourth deployment to Vietnam. VA-23 was disestablished on April 1, 1970. Photo: September 2005.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
USS Midway Museum
NS024180
85k

North American T-2C Buckeye, BuNo 156697, painted in standard white/orange trainer scheme. September 2005.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
USS Midway Museum
NS024181
66k

View of the flight deck from the angled deck, looking forward. The large, square antenna of the SPS-48C 3/D radar is prominent atop the lattice mast, abaft the island.

Plane closest to camera is a Lockheed S-3 Viking. Its BuNo appears to be 159766, but it's in dispute. BuNo 159766 was manufactured as an S-3A, later upgraded to the S-3B standard, and later converted to an ES-3 Shadow; it was used for surveillance missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom and put on display aboard Midway on December 7, 2004. It is painted in the dull gray tactical scheme and shows markings of VS-41 "Shamrocks," a Fleet Replacement Squadron.

September 2005.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
USS Midway Museum
NS024182
85k

"Pri-fly," looking forward. Primary Flight Control ("Pri-Fly") is the control tower for the flight operations on the carrier. Here, the "Air Boss" controls the takeoffs, landings, aircraft in the air near the ship, and the movement of planes on the flight deck. September 2005.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
USS Midway Museum
NS024183
98k

Pilothouse, from where the helmsman steers the ship. September 2005.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
USS Midway Museum
NS024184
87k

Front view of the island structure. September 2005.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
USS Midway Museum
NS024185
95k

A very interesting view of the island structure. September 2005.

Peter Mafilios, ex-QM2
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024169
101k

View of the island and Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, BuNo 161227, October 2005.

George Panos,
Ex QMS 2/C
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024170
154k

Gangway, October 2005.

George Panos,
Ex QMS 2/C
Midway Museum
NS0241am
146k

Midway's island structure, starboard view; gangway.

George Panos,
Ex QMS 2/C
Midway Museum
NS0241ama
88k

Midway's crest, "1945–1992, Pride and Professionalism."

George Panos,
Ex QMS 2/C
ex-CV-41 Midway
NS024171
109k

A great panorama shot taken from the bridge of the Midway. This is a beautiful picture of downtown San Diego all the way to the Coronado Bridge which takes you over to North Island; November 29, 2005.

Planes seen on deck are:

Foreground:

  • Grumman A-6E Intruder, BuNo 151782, with no squadron markings.
  • Middle distance, left to right:

  • McDonnell Douglas F-4N Phantom II, BuNo 153030. Starboard side shows markings of VF-161 "Chargers," part of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5, tail code "NF") aboard USS Midway in 1971-1986. This aircraft flew from NAS Point Mugu to NAS North Island on August 25, 2004 -- this being the last flight of a US Navy Phantom II.
  • North American RA-5C Vigilante, BuNo 156641. Starboard side shows markings of RVAH-7 "Peacemakers," part of CVW-2 ("NE") aboard USS Ranger (CV-61) in 1979.
  • Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King, BuNo 149711. Starboard side shows markings of HS-4 "Black Knights," part of CVSG-59 ("NT") aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) in 1971.
  • Background, left to right:

  • Grumman F-14A Tomcat, BuNo 158978, with no squadron markings.
  • McDonnell F/A-18A Hornet, BuNo 162901, painted as a Top Gun "Agressor."
  • George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    ex-CV-41 Midway
    NS024172
    112k

    Another view of the island, November 29, 2005.

    A McDonnell Douglas F-4S Phantom II, BuNo 153880, is in the foreground. Port side shows markings of VF-142 "Ghostriders," part of Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14, tail code "NK") aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64) in 1964-1965 and 1967-1970.

    Also visible is a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, BuNo 161227, with no squadron markings.

    George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024186
    147k

    Port view, amidships. November 2005. Bell UH-1B Iroquois on left is in fact a US Army helicopter, serial number 60-3614, painted in the markings of HAL-3 "Seawolves" (a number of Army UH-1 "gunships" were transferred to the Navy to support PBR operations in Vietnam; these helicopters were initially (1966) assigned to Detachments of squadron HC-1, and became squadron HAL-3 in 1967.)

    The Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight to right of photo, BuNo 150954, is painted in HC-3 markings.

    George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024187
    117k

    Port view, November 2005. Port side of Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King, BuNo 149711, is painted in HS-6 "Indians" markings (see NS024171 for stbd side.)

    Port side of North American RA-5C Vigilante, BuNo 156641, shows markings of RVAH-12 "Speartips," part of CVW-9 (tail code "NG") aboard USS America (CVA-66) in 1970 (see NS024171 for stbd side.)

    George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024188
    92k

    Midway's port elevator. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in the left distance, and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) astern of CVN-76. November 2005.

    George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    Midway Museum
    NS024188a
    117k

    Midway's port elevator and angle deck overhang, looking forward.

    George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024189
    149k

    Partial view of island, flight deck and angled deck, looking aft. November 2005.

    George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024190
    222k

    Signal hoist reads: (stbd) GO NAVY BLUE (port) BEAT ARMY GRAY. November 2005.

    (By the way, Navy beat Army, 42-23, December 3, 2005 :-))

    George Panos,
    Ex QMS 2/C
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024191
    82k

    Crane riggers from the US Navy Public Works Center (PWC) guide a F-8K Crusader aircraft onto a floating barge for delivery to USS Midway (CV-41) Museum in downtown San Diego, December 27, 2005. For over 30 years, the F-8 Crusader served the US Navy and Marine Corps as a front-line fighter and photo reconnaissance aircraft. US Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael R. McCormick (# 051227-N-3931M-028).

    This Crusader, BuNo 147030, shows markings of VF-111 "Sundowners," part of CVW-2 (tail code "NE") aboard USS Midway in 1965.

    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) can be seen in the background.

    USN
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024191a
    165k

    December 27, 2005. Note newly delivered F-8K Crusader, forward (right of the photo).

    Bob Canchola, BT, USS Oriskany, 1971–1973
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024137
    48k

    USS Midway Museum, 6 May 2007.

    Dwayne Day
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024137a
    77k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS024137b
    87k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk01
    192k

    USS Midway Museum, July 2008.

    Photos by Roel Bakels.

    Pieter Bakels
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk02
    163k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk03
    138k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk04
    243k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk05
    128k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk06
    150k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk07
    83k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-bk08
    140k
    USS Midway Museum
    NS0241bd
    151k

    Circa 2010. Photo by Heather M. Jagodinski.

    Heather M. & Ronald H. Jagodinski
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-cm01
    339k

    Chief Petty Officers (CPO) and Chief Petty Officer selectees form an anchor on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum in observance of CPO Pride Day, 1 September 2010. The day began at the museum and continued with community service activities throughout the San Diego Country area. CPO Pride Day was founded in 2003 by Force Master Chief Karen O'Connor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Taylor (# 100901-N-9500T-002).

    Chester Morris
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-cm01a
    237k

    As above. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Taylor (# 100901-N-9500T-004).

    Chester Morris
    USS Midway Museum
    NS-cv41-tg01
    156k

    San Diego, California, Sunday, 25 August 2013.

    Tom Grande
    via Ron Reeves

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