USS Midway Museum, San Diego

The USS Midway (CV-41) was the biggest ship in the world when commissioned in 1945 - a status it held for ten years. It saw action in the Vietnam War and in Operation Desert Storm, before being decommissioned in 1992.

The ship is berthed on the busy waterfront of San Diego. The museum opened in 2004 and has a fine collection of aircraft, a large shop and a cafe. Pier-based lifts to the hangar and flight decks aid accessibility. The flight deck also offers great views over activities in the harbour. It's the most popular naval warship museum in the United States, with over a million visitors a year. We visited on 30th April.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Bell UH-1B Iroquois 60-3614 319 Apparently never served in the Navy - ex USAF, N70264
Boeing Vertol HH-46D Sea Knight 150954 VR-46  
Cessna 305A Bird Dog 5L14981 FDD South Vietnamese AF
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless composite '54654 S-9'  
Douglas AD-4W Skyraider 127922 NE-577 Ex RN AEW1 WT987, SE-EBL
Douglas A-4F Skyhawk 154977 NM-301  
Douglas EKA-3B Skywarrior 142251 NF-612  
Grumman C-1A Trader 146036 700 Ex N32705
Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 161227 602  
Grumman A-6A(E) Intruder 151782 NF-511  
Grumman EA-6B Prowler 162935 left NF-605 right 612  
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger 85957 415 Ex N9547Z (NR9547Z)
Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat 12290 24  
Grumman F9F-5 Panther 141136 D-106  
Grumman F9F-8P Cougar 141702 PP-87  
Grumman F-14A Tomcat 158978 NH-105  
Kaman SH-2F Seasprite 150157 TF-31  
Lockheed S-3B Viking 159766 741  
North American FJ-3 Fury 135883 DR USMC
McDonnell F-4B(N) Phantom II 153030 left NE-101 right NF-102  
McDonnell F-4J(S) Phantom II 153880 NL-104  
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet 162901 Aggressor livery
North American SNJ-65 Texan 91091 BA-186 Ex 44-81385
North American T-2C Buckeye 156697 A-974  
North American RA-5C Vigilante 156641 NG-612  
Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever 130059 UP-18  
Sikorsky HO3S-1 (S-51) 122515 UR-51  
Sikorsky UH-34J Seabat 143939 NT-52  
Sikorsky UH-3H Sea King 149711 66 68  
Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk 164079 13  
Vought F4U-4 Corsair composite 96885 WI-16 USMC ex N86434, Honduras AF 618'
Vought F-8K Crusader 147030 NE-461  

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