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   A USS Midway Quick Overview

A Quick Overview:

 

 

USS Midway CV-41

             The USS Midway, named after the WWII Battle of Midway, was officially launched in 1946. Throughout her long career, the Midway served in the Mediterranean, Vietnam, and Desert Storm, just to name a very few. Retired in 1992, later destined to be scrapped, her future changed and she came to rest where she is currently at, moored at the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, California.

 

Specifications (as of her retirement in 1992)

Length: 1,001’ 6”
Displacement: 70,000 tons
Power: 12 Boilers, 4 Westinghouse Geared Turbines
            (at one time calculated to get about 6 feet  per gallon of fuel)

Propellers:  4 at 22 tons each, 18’ in height
Speed:
30+ Knots
Catapults:  2 Steam Powered
Arresting Cables:  3
Aircraft Elevators:  3
Total Crew: 4,500+

The Midway could carry over 80+ aircraft

 

A Flight Deck Director signals an F-4 "Phantom II" fighter into position on the starboard catapult, in preparation for launching, 5 August 1970. Photographed by PH2 Kevin J. Freedman.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

 

Preparing to launch a pair of F-8 "Crusader" fighters, during carrier qualifications, circa 1963.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.