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USS Midway
June 2014
The aircraft carrier USS Midway is now a museum at Navy Pier. You can explore almost every part of the ship including hangar bays, cabins, the bridge, galleys, engineering and lots of other fascinating exhibits that give you an immersive glimpse into the ship's history. On the ship's massive flight deck, there are dozens of vintage aircraft displayed.

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022 USS Midway 023 USS Midway 024 Gangway
Walking up to the USS Midway, you realize just how massive an aircraft carrier really is
Walking up to the USS Midway, you realize just how massive an aircraft carrier really is
Walking up to the USS Midway, you realize just how massive an aircraft carrier really is
026 Island Superstructure 028 F4U Corsair 031 A-3 Skywarrior
Walking up to the USS Midway, you realize just how massive an aircraft carrier really is
F4U Corsair
A-3 Skywarrior
032 F-14 Tomcat 033 Flightdeck and Island Superstructure 035 F-4F Wildcat
F-14 Tomcat
Looking across the flight deck to the island superstructure
F-4F Wildcat
036 A-4F Skyhawk 039 F-4 Phantom Landing 040 A-6 Intruder
A-4F Skyhawk
F-4 Phantom set up to deomnstrate a carrier landing
A-6 Intruder
041 Shamrock Tail 042 HUP Retriever 043 Island Superstructure
Ready for St. Patrick's Day
I'd be nervious flying in a HUP Retriever. It is small and awkward looking.
The "island"
044 Jet Blast, Props and Rotors Sign 045 Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System 046 Statue
There was no jet blast or moving props/rotors the day I was there.
The Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System guides aircraft in for landing
Unconditional Surrender is a statue that stands next to the USS Midway
047 SH-3 Sea King 048 SH-3 Sea King Apollo Markings 049 SH-3 Sea King Cockpit
This SH-3 Sea King retrieved the capsules from five of the Apollo missions
This SH-3 Sea King retrieved the capsules from five of the Apollo missions
This SH-3 Sea King retrieved the capsules from five of the Apollo missions
050 E-2 Hawkeye 051 Coronado Bridge 052 Coronado Bridge & Boats
E-2 Hawkeye
Coronado Bridge
All types of boat traffic passes by the Coronado Bridge
053 USS Ronald Reagan 054 H-60 Seahawk 057 Flightdeck
The USS Ronald Reagan, a modern day aircraft carrier
H-60 Seahawk
The flight desk of the USS Midway is massive
058 USS Ronald Reagan 059 View from Bridge 060 View from Bridge
The USS Ronald Reagan, a modern day aircraft carrier
Looking out from the bridge
Looking out from the bridge
061 View from Bridge 068 Boss and Mini Boss Seats 069 Bridge Equipment
Looking out from the bridge
Boss and Mini Boss Seats
On the bridge
070 CO's Seat 072 Forward View from Bridge 073 Switches
CO's Seat
Looking forward from the bridge
The old brass controls are cool. The one on the left blows the ships whistles
074 Steering Wheel 075 Engine Order Trasmitter 076 Captain's Cabin
Every ship needs a wheel
Engine orders are placed here
Captain's Cabin
077 Ouija Board 078 Admiral's Quarters 079 Admiral's Galley
The ouija board
Admiral's Quarters
Admiral's Galley
080 Conference Room 081 Radar Console 082 Radio Room
The admiral's conference room
Radar Console
Radio Room
083 Teletype Machine 084 Commanding Officers 085 Captain's Quarters
The Naval messages coming out of this teletype machine still look the same today
The many CO's of the Midway
Captain's Quarters
086 Captain's Galley 087 Ready Room 088 Coffee Pot and Mugs
Captain's Galley
One of the squadron ready rooms
Coffee anyone?
089 Ready Room 091 Steam Valves 092 Brig
One of the squadron ready rooms
That's a lot of valves
The brig
093 Enlisted Bunks 094 Engineering 095 SNJ Trainer
Enlisted bunks are quite cozy
Engineering watch. Those are not real people, FYI.
SNJ Trainer

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