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Aircraft Carrier Midway

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San Diego 2004

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Sunday, July 11th saw a extensive car tour to San Diego.  The purpose for the tour was to tour the recently opened WWII Aircraft Carrier Midway.  The ship is docked near Seaport Village.  The Midway was launched in 1945 near the end of WWII.  It is approximately 900 feet long.

This tour proved to be very popular as we had nearly 60 adults for the day.  Several Regions from the LA area participated and the San Diego Region had a very good showing.  This tour did get to visit areas of the ship not normally accessible to the public.

After the tour of the ship, many went over to the Corvette Diner for a mid afternoon meal.

The above pictures show the layout of the Midway.  It is a classic design with the offset launch ramp installed in the 1960's.
The Bow of the ship with a view from the Flight operations Deck.  In the distance the Aircraft Carrier Enterprise is seen docked at the Navy Yard on Coronado Island.  The Enterprise is about 200 feet longer than the Midway.
The view from the Operations Deck an aircraft is seen ready for launch with the steam catapult.  The bottom picture shows a plane landing at the stern end of the ship.  The aircraft tailhook catches the restraint cable.
A view of the San Diego Harbor with a luxury cruise ship in the distance.  Several additional ships are along the dock as well as some great fish restaurants.
In the ship's engine control room is seen a layout board exhibiting the ship's engines and all the control valves and power reduction gear boxes.  From this room is the control for the entire diesel/steam generated power of the ship.
 
The Flight Deck, "The busiest part of the whole ship", according to our guide.  At the top of the tower is the Flight Operations Deck which we toured.
A trainer T-6 aircraft sits below deck.  This area is usually crowded with aircraft after landing andpreparation for take-off.  Access between the upper Flight Deck and lower Flight Deck is a "high-speed' elavator which can be seen from outside the ship.
The Corvette Diner!  This restaurant establishment contains several Corvettes and a lot of Memorabilia from the 50's.  The food is very good, it is noisy and usually crowded.
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