About a week and a half ago, I went out to San Diego to stand up for an old friend as his best man at his wedding. The day after the wedding I had some time to explore San Diego's waterfront while I waited for the red-eye flight I'd scheduled to save money. I checked my bags, grabbed my camera, and walked down to see the U.S.S. Midway Museum.
The scale of this vessel is amazing, so much so that without my 55-200mm telephoto lens and a proper vantage point, I was unable to get a good picture of the entire ship, so the first photo you see is not one of mine. It is a photo of the U.S.S. Midway taken by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson back in 2004 during the Midway's decommissioning. The other five photos are by me, taken during the two hours I wandered around the ship.
This is one a few shots of the flight deck taken from "Vulture's Row," a place on the conning tower where observers could watch air operations. The Midway features a really impressive collection of carrier aircraft.
I enjoyed getting up close to this S-3 Viking carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft. Three of my cousins are or were naval aviators, and two of them flew the S-3 (the other one flies several different aircraft including the EA-6B, several makes of helicopters, and other fixed-wing aircraft).
A classic, late-model F4U Corsair down on the Midway's hangar deck. The Midway's hangar is truly cavernous. While Midway is already home to an impressive collection of aircraft, her collection could be doubled without seriously crowding the hangar. It was amazing to stand there and imagine the hangar deck crowded with aircraft during the carrier's active career.
Some eye candy for my Republican readers: across San Diego Bay the U.S.S. Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) were both in port that day.
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in San Diego with a few hours to kill, then I highly recommend the U.S.S. Midway Museum.